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Amezaga still resting

Alfredo Amezaga is eligible to come off the disabled list on June 1. The Marlins all-purpose utility player may need another 7-to-10 days after that.

“You’d be safe saying 7-to-10 days,” manager Fredi Gonzalez said.

Actually, there is no real timeline.

Amezaga is out with a left knee contusion, which actually is a bone bruise to the inner part of his left knee.

The only baseball activities he’s done since is play catch at Philadelphia a couple of days ago.

The MRI revealed a good sized bruise, roughly the size of a golf ball.

Until Thursday, Amezaga said he felt a pinch in his left knee. But he hasn’t experienced that feeling the past two days.

“It feels a lot better,” he said.

Before being activated, Amezaga is expected to play three or four rehab assignment games.

When that will be has not been determined.

— Joe Frisaro  

Amezaga still resting

Alfredo Amezaga, on the disabled list with a left knee contusion, still has not doing any baseball-related activities.

Amezaga said on Saturday that the knee still pinches from time-to-time. An MRI revealed a bone bruise, something the versatile utility player has never dealt with.

The Marlins placed Amezaga on the DL on May 21, retro to May 17. For now, he is doing extensive icing of the knee, and he’s riding the stationary bike.

— 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

Bullpen on fumes

The tank is empty.

Those are the words of Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez as he discussed the state of his bullpen after 2 a.m. ET on Thursday.

The Marlins and Diamondbacks completed their Wednesday doubleheader at 1:48 a.m. ET after a 13-inning affair.

The combined actual playing time for both games was 8 hours, 7 minutes. The Marlins bullpen covered 13 1/3 of the 22 innings played. Dan Meyer, Matt Lindstrom, Kiko Calero and Leo Nunez each pitched in both games.

“They’re running on fumes,” Gonzalez said. “They’ve got nothing in the tank.”

Without getting into specifics, Gonzalez said roster moves will be made on Thursday to bring in relief help.

If the team is looking for left-handed relief help, Willie Collazo is a choice. The lefty last pitched on May 16, and he’s 2-2 with a 5.61 ERA in 16 games for Triple-A New Orleans.

Collazo was in Spring Training for the Marlins.  

Collazo has made two straight starts for New Orleans, and he’s in line to start on Thursday. However, the Zephyrs are listing their Thursday game’s starter as TBA.

Another lefty possibility is David Davidson, who was claimed recently after opening the year with the Pirates’ Indianapolis affiliate.

Davidson has made 10 relief appearances.

The Marlins may be thinking of placing Alfredo Amezaga on the disabled list, retroactive to May 17, to make room for a pitcher. Amezaga suffered a bone bruise to his left knee on Saturday night, and he will be examined again by team physician, Dr. Lee Kaplan, on Friday.

— Joe Frisaro

Pregame Doubleheader highlights

What was worth keeping an eye on before the Marlins faced the Diamondbacks in a doubleheader on Wednesday.

* Alfredo Amezaga will not play until Saturday, at the earliest. Still nursing a deep bone bruise to the inside of his left knee, Amezaga last played in the eighth inning on Saturday. There is a chance he could be placed on the disabled list, retroactive to May 17. Amezaga will have his knee examined again by team Dr. Lee Kaplan on Friday, and more on his status will be known then.

* Burke Badenhop remains a candidate to pitch on Saturday against Tampa Bay.

* Jeremy Hermida hit in the second spot in Game 1 on Wednesday for the sixth time this season. Chris Coghlan started in left field and batted in the eighth spot for the first time.

* John Koronka was assigned outright to Triple-A New Orleans on Wednesday. Koronka was designated for assignment last Sunday, and he will now head back to the Zephyrs.

— 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

Amezaga tweaks knee

Alfredo Amezaga felt a little pinch in his left knee while scoring an insurance run in the eighth inning on Saturday night, and for precautionary reasons, he was removed in the top of the ninth.

The discomfort is to the same knee Amezaga sprained while playing for Mexico in the World Baseball Classic in March. However, Amezaga said the pinch this time was to the inner part of the knee, which is a different area than his injury in Spring Training.

“He just tweaked it coming around third, and we’re going to wait and see tomorrow,” manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “Hopefully, it’s nothing serious or major. We’ll see. We didn’t want to take a chance.”

Amezaga had the knee packed in ice after the Marlins held on for a 6-3 win over the Dodgers. But he regularly ices the same knee since he aggravated it at the Classic.

Amezaga said he doesn’t think the discomfort is serious, and he is hopeful to be available on Sunday.

In the eighth inning, Amezaga reached on a fielder’s choice, RBI ground ball. He stole second, and scored on Emilio Bonifacio’s single.

While rounding third, he felt the pinch in his knee.

The field was wet because it started to rain heavily late in the game, and then the rain stopped.

“I don’t remember what leg it was that I stepped on third, but when I was coming around third, that’s when I felt it,” Amezaga said. “That’s when I kind of slipped and felt it.”

Bonifacio replaced Amezaga in center field, and Wes Helms took over at third base in the ninth inning.

— Joe Frisaro

Amezaga in CF

With Cody Ross slumping, Alfredo Amezaga is getting a start in center field on Wednesday at Milwaukee.

Here’s the lineup:

1) Bonifacio 3B

2) Coghlan LF

3) Hanley, SS

4) Cantu, 1B

5) Baker, C

6) Uggla, 2B

7) Hermida, RF

8) Amezaga, CF

9) Nolasco, P

— Joe Frisaro


Hermida could be moving right

With Chris Coghlan now on the roster, and a candidate to play left field, Jeremy Hermida is expected to get some work in right field. 

Hermida initially was considered to play right field on Friday night at Colorado, but with Coghlan used at second base, manager Fredi Gonzalez went with Alfredo Amezaga in center, Cody Ross in right, while Hermida remained in left.

Hermida played right field in his first three years in the big leagues..

The player most impacted by the series of moves is Cameron Maybin. While Maybin is still with the big league club, the Marlins like for their young players to play. So it seems that the 22-year-old will be optioned to the Minor Leagues — probably Triple-A — when the club decides on what to do about Anibal Sanchez’s replacement in the rotation.

That decision needs to be made by Tuesday.

Coghlan started at second base and he batted second on Friday night, giving Dan Uggla a day off. Ross could see more time in center field.

Coghlan is new to the outfield, and he will need some work. So on Saturday, he is expected to take a lot of fly balls in warmups. If he doesn’t play in the outfield on Saturday, he probably would see time out there on Sunday.

With Coors Field being so spacious, the Marlins will be careful with how the ease Coghlan into the outfield. 

Before the season started, the Marlins moved Hermida to left field and slotted Ross in right field to help improve the defense. Yet, the offense has struggled as Maybin — and he certainly isn’t alone — is off to a slow start. So look for Maybin to be sent down to get regular playing time as he continues his development.

Coghlan was called up to play, not sit the bench, so the team will give him a look. A first round pick in 2006, Coghlan is a left-handed hitter who can hit at the top of the order — either first or second. With New Orleans, he was batting third, but power isn’t a big part of his game.

Coghlan got a start in left field for New Orleans on Thursday. He’s played mostly second and third since being drafted.

Coghlan also is a contact hitter, and for a team that leads the league in strikeouts, that is a welcomed addition. He also had good speed.

Adding Coghlan also gives more balance to the Marlins offense, which on Friday had four lefty bats, when you include the switch-hitting Emilio Bonifacio. Coghlan, John Baker and Hermida are left-handed bats.

— Joe Frisaro


Coghlan getting called up

Some offensive help is on the way to Denver.

The Marlins are promoting Chris Coghlan from Triple-A New Orleans.

Hitting .344 for the Zephyrs, Coghlan was informed after Thursday’s game that he was headed to the big leagues. “It’s everything I’ve worked for since I was a little kid,” Coghlan told the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Normally, the Marlins promote a prospect to the big leagues with the expectation that he will play. So expect the 23-year-old to get an opportunity either at second base, third base or left field.

He’s always played the infield, but on Thursday night he saw action in left field.

Coghlan is expected to take the roster spot of Anibal Sanchez, who will go on the disabled list with a right-shoulder injury.

The Marlins open a three-game series with the Rockies on Friday.

Marlins second baseman Dan Uggla and center fielder Cameron Maybin are struggling. One option is to move Jeremy Hermida back to right field, and use Cody Ross and/or Alfredo Amezaga in center.

— Joe Frisaro