Gorkys informed he will not be on the team
JUPITER, Fla. — The Marlins have informed Gorkys Hernandez that he will not be making their Opening Day roster.
In the next few days, the Marlins will explore possible trade options for the speedy outfielder. If a deal isn’t worked out, he will be outrighted to Triple-A New Orleans.
“We made a few more decisions,” Marlins president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest said. “We let Gorkys Hernandez know that as of now he’s not on the club. When we talk to these guys at this time of Spring Training, it’s all with the disclaimer that things can change. There are still a few days to go. But out of courtesy, we’re breaking camp today. We are letting guys know where they are at.”
The Marlins acquired Hernandez from the Pirates last July for Gaby Sanchez.
The Marlins also are planning on going with Chris Valaika as their utility infielder. Valaika won the job over Wilson Valdez, who signed last week after being released by the Giants.
Valdez is expected to open the season at Triple-A New Orleans.
Non-roster invitees Kevin Slowey and John Maine are both in camp, and they are both in strong position to make the club. Slowey is scheduled to be the fifth starter.
Teams have until 3 p.m. ET on Sunday to set their 25-man rosters. Miami plans on having that done by Saturday.
The team is exploring its backup catcher position. Kyle Skipworth, who has not yet played in the big leagues, is still in the mix. Koyie Hill, who has previous MLB experience, is another candidate. But the team is weighing all options, and Miguel Olivo, who is a free agent after being in camp this spring with the Reds, is a possibility.
Joe Mahoney, who has missed most of camp with a strained oblique, will open the season on the disabled list.
In Minor League news, Christian Yelich has been nursing a sore left heel, and he’s missed a few days. The hope is the 21-year-old outfielder will be ready for the Double-A openers.
Jacksonville’s outfield already is without Jake Marisnick (broken left hand) and Marcell Ozuna (broken left wrist).
Marisnick is getting closer to doing baseball activities, and Ozuna is a few weeks away.
– Joe Frisaro