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White Sox claim De Aza

With so many outfield prospects in their system, Alejandro De Aza got caught in a numbers game.

The Marlins didn’t have a priority to retain the 25-year-old, who now will be getting an opportunity to play elsewhere.

The White Sox on Wednesday claimed De Aza off waivers.

At Triple-A New Orleans, De Aza batted .300 with eight home runs and 34 RBIs. He also appeared in 22 games for the Marlins, and he had 20 at-bats, batting .250 with a double and three RBIs.

Injuries hurt De Aza in recent years.

De Aza won the starting center field job in Spring Training of 2007, but early in the season he suffered an ankle injury that limited him to 45 games that year. He missed all of 2008 due to injury.

The Marlins are projecting Cameron Maybin will be their Opening Day center fielder. The team also has Rookie of the Year candidate Chris Coghlan in left field.

The Marlins also have outfield prospects John Raynor, Scott Cousins, Jai Miller and Bryan Petersen, who is in the Arizona Fall League.

Florida’s top prospect is outfielder Michael Stanton, a 19-year-old also getting some extra work this fall in Arizona.

— Joe Frisaro

De Aza recalled from Triple-A

Alejandro De Aza was recalled from Triple-A New Orleans on Tuesday, adding depth to the Marlins outfield.

After Monday’s win over the Brewers, the Marlins announced that they were optioning right-hander Cristhian Martinez to Double-A Jacksonville. Catcher Brett Hayes was optioned back to New Orleans.

Along with bringing up De Aza, the Marlins officially reinstated Anibal Sanchez from the 15-day disabled list.

Sanchez will be Florida’s starting pitcher on Tuesday.

De Aza will be making his second appearance this season for Florida.

In 41 games with the Zephyrs, the left-handed hitting De Aza was hitting .278. De Aza appeared in three games with the Marlins, going 3-for-9.

He plays all three outfield spots.

— Joe Frisaro

Maybin making progress

When the Marlins optioned Cameron Maybin to Triple-A New Orleans on May 11, they did so to help him regain his form at the plate.

Thus far, the 22-year-old has.

After going 1-for-4 on Thursday night against Reno, Maybin is hitting .357 in eighth games for the Zephyrs.

If the Marlins are looking to add an outfielder on Friday to replace the roster spot of pitcher Cristhian Martinez, the timing may be right for Maybin.

Players optioned have to wait at least 10 days to be called back up. That eliminates Brett Carroll and Alejandro De Aza.

Maybin is eligible to come back after he’s gone 10-for-28 with New Orleans.

Adding Maybin also makes sense since he is a center fielder, and on Thursday night Cody Ross left the game with a migraine headhead.

It would be risky to assume Ross is completely fine to play in the series opener with the Rays at Land Shark Stadium on Friday.

— Joe Frisaro


Marlins make roster moves

Due to the stress put on the bullpen from Wednesday’s doubleheader with the Diamondbacks, the Marlins were forced to make a couple of moves on Thursday to add pitching depth.
To accommodate the extra arms, infielder Alfredo Amezaga was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retro active to Sunday, with a left knee contusion. Actually, Amezaga has a bone bruise, and he will be examined further on Friday by team physician, Dr. Lee Kaplan.
The Marlins also optioned outfielder Alejandro De Aza to Triple-A New Orleans.
The new pitchers are right-handed pitcher Cristhian Martinez, who had his contract selected from Double-A Jacksonville.
The Marlins also recalled lefty reliever Dave Davidson from Triple-A New Orleans.
These moves were made because the Marlins are hoping to stay away from all their relievers on Thursday. The plan is for starter Andrew Miller to go as deep as he can. If Miller has to leave early, Martinez, who is a starter, can pitch in long relief. Davidson will be the short reliever.
The moves leave the Marlins with 14 pitchers and 11 position players. Wes Helms, Ross Gload and Ronny Paulino were the only players on the bench.
On Friday, the Marlins are expected to add another position player — perhaps Brett Carroll.
— Joe Frisaro

De Aza called up

For the first time since 2007, Alejandro De Aza is back in the big leagues.

On Sunday morning, the Marlins selected De Aza’s contract from Triple-A New Orleans. To make room for him on the roster, reliever Carlos Martinez was optioned to New Orleans.

To fill a spot on the 40-man roster for De Aza, right-hander Rick VandenHurk was transferred to the 60-day disabled list.

The need for an extra bench player surfaced on Saturday night when Alfredo Amezaga tweaked his left knee while rounding third base in the eighth inning in Florida’s 6-3 win.

The Marlins are hopeful Amezaga will just need a few days to get better. Amezaga said on Sunday morning that he may be available to bunt in the series finale with the Dodgers. But manager Fredi Gonzalez said he wouldn’t play Amezaga unless it is an extreme emergency.

De Aza has dealt with ankle injuries in 2006 and 2007, and he didn’t play in the big leagues last year.

— Joe Frisaro

Winding down camp

With two Grapefruit League games to go, Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez will be a little more guarded with his roster.

The starting position players will get about three at-bats before being replaced on Friday night against the Blue Jays at Roger Dean Stadium. Then on Saturday afternoon, the starters will likely see one at-bat, or about three innings.

On Saturday’s Grapefruit League finale, look for the starters to be out after three innings, and a lot of Minor Leaguers will get into the game. Prospects Matt Dominguez and Michael Stanton are expected to play.

Gonzalez noted that he doesn’t want any situations where something happens like it did to Alejandro De Aza, who injured his ankle in the last inning of the last Spring Training game last year. De Aza missed the entire season.

— Joe Frisaro

McPherson released

After the Marlins lost 9-2 to the Mets on Tuesday, the Marlins announced they’ve released third baseman Dallas McPherson, whom the team had been shopping around in trade speculation recently.

In other moves, outfielders Mike Ryan and Alejandro De Aza and lefty pitcher John Koronka were reassigned to Minor League camp.

— Joe Frisaro

Camping out Tuesday

Worth noting on Tuesday: 

* After singling in his first at-bat, in his second at-bat, Hanley Ramirez was robbed of a single on a diving catch by second baseman Dan Uggla. Jumping on a first-pitch fastball by Ryan Tucker, Ramirez ripped the ball up the middle. But Uggla, shaded up the middle, left his feet and hauled in a back-handed grab. Reacting to the play, Ramirez waved his hand in a circle in Uggla’s direction.

* Outfielder Alejandro De Aza and catcher Miguel Fermin dressed out as extra players for the Dominican Republic World Baseball Classic team. The two were there to add some depth on Tuesday.

* Rotation ahead: Josh Johnson will start and Ricky Nolasco will relieve on Wednesday against Italy; Andrew Miller is slated to start, with Anibal Sanchez pitching out of the bullpen on Thursday against the Orioles at Fort Lauderdale; and Chris Volstad is slated to go on Friday against the Red Sox in Fort Myers.

* A “B Game” with the Orioles is scheduled for Saturday at 10 a.m. on field two at Roger Dean Stadium.

* PGA golfer Billy Andrade was around the batting cage before the game. A Braves fan, Andrade has known Fredi Gonzalez for a few years. He is in town for the Honda Classic.

— Joe Frisaro