Dunn, Mattison getting called up

MIAMI — A familiar face and a first-timer will be joining the Marlins when the team opens their series with the Mets on Friday at Marlins Park.

Mike Dunn, who was with the club on Opening Day, will rejoin the team, becoming the second left-handed reliever in the bullpen.

And outfielder Kevin Mattison will be called up for the first time.

Both are being recalled from Triple-A New Orleans. The two roster moves are expected to become official on Friday.

To make room, relievers Sandy Rosario and Chris Hatcher are being optioned to Triple-A.

Mattison is on the 40-man roster, which made him an ideal choice because the team could not recall Bryan Petersen at this point. Petersen was optioned last Saturday when the team called up Rosario and Hatcher. By rule,  a player has to spend at least 10 days in the Minors to get called up again. Now, Petersen could have been an option if someone was placed on the disabled list.

Miami now will carry 13 position players and 12 pitchers. Since Saturday, they’ve gone with 13 pitchers, which gave manager Ozzie Guillen a short bench.

Mattison can play all three outfield positions, and he is regarded as the best defensive center fielder in the organization. He is hitting .250 is 31 games.

Dunn appeared in four games with New Orleans, and the hard-throwing lefty saw action in eight games with the Marlins before being sent down.

Joe Frisaro

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