Valdespin gets called up from NoLa
MIAMI — Jordany Valdespin is now getting a shot to see if he can bring some stability to the Marlins’ open second base situation.
The 26-year-old left-handed hitting infielder was selected from Triple-A New Orleans on Saturday. In a corresponding move, Miami optioned infielder Justin Bour to New Orleans.
Valdespin was in the starting lineup, batting second on Saturday against the Giants, who are starting Tim Hudson.
In 61 games at New Orleans, Valdespin posted a .270 batting average with eight homers and 29 RBIs. He swiped 15 bases, and was caught 10 times.
The Marlins are actively searching for second base help.
Rafael Furcal (left hamstring strain) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list. Derek Dietrich (wrist) is on the disabled list. Ed Lucas and Donovan Solano have been handling second base.
Valdespin last played in the big leagues in 2013 with the Mets, batting .188 in 66 games.
Valdespin was suspended 50 games on Aug. 5, 2013 for being connected to a biogenesis investigation. He also had some issues in New York with manager Terry Collins.
The Marlins signed Valdespin to a Minor League contract last Dec. 20, but he did not receive big league Spring Training invitation.
– Joe Frisaro