Capps could be biggest last month addition
ATLANTA — Any significant additions to the Marlins’ roster are expected to come from within. Reinforcements will arrive in the form of September callups, beginning on Monday.
The Marlins aren’t planning on oversaturating their dugout and locker room just to give Minor Leaguers a taste of the big leagues.
Over the first few days, a few pitchers are likely candidates.
Whether or not reliever Carter Capps is one of them remains to be seen. But if Capps isn’t up on Monday, the anticipation is he won’t be far behind.
The hard-throwing right-hander has been on the disabled list with a right elbow injury for months. He last pitched for Miami on May 25.
Capps is close to being ready to return.
Since the Marlins are not expected to make any deals before Sunday’s waiver period Trade Deadline, Capps very well could be the most important addition Miami makes in September.
Miami has a heavily used bullpen, and a fresh arm who can throw 100 mph may very well be the boost the club needs to lock down the late innings.
In recent days, the Marlins received a scare when reliever Bryan Morris returned from Anaheim to Miami to have his right hip examined. It was determined he has a groin strain. The team is relieved, and hopeful he will be back soon.
Capps would fall right into the late-inning mix.
The Marlins have four relievers who rank among the top 60 relievers in the Majors in appearances. Bullpens take on huge roles down the stretch. Mike Dunn paces the team with 62 appearances, followed by Steve Cishek (57), Morris (56) and A.J. Ramos (55).
– Joe Frisaro