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Marlins roster moves

Before taking on the Mets on Tuesday night, the Marlins made a few roster moves.

Reliever Brendan Donnelly, who went on the disabled list on Aug. 22 with a tight right calf muscle, was reinstated.

Recalled from Triple-A New Orleans was right-handed Chris Volstad, who is a candidate to start on Friday at home against the Nationals.

First baseman Gaby Sanchez also was recalled from New Orleans.

— Joe Frisaro


Martinez recalled from Double-A

For the fifth time this season, Cristhian Martinez has been recalled by the Marlins.

The latest move was anticipated after Brendan Donnelly was placed on the 15-day disabled list following Saturday’s 4-3 loss to the Braves at Turner Field.

Donnelly, 38, strained his right calf while fielding Matt Diaz’s sacrifice bunt in the eighth inning.

With the Marlins bullpen already heavily used, the Marlins needed a reliever immediately. So Martinez, who was optioned to Double-A on Aug. 20, was recalled. Normally, a player optioned must stay down 10 days before being called up. The rules, however, allow a player to return if there is a disabled list situation.

Martinez was initially recalled on May 21. He’s been up and down repeatedly since. He last pitched on Thursday at Houston, throwing 2 2/3 innings of perfect relief.

Donnelly’s injury isn’t regarded as serious.

“I don’t expect him to go past 15 days,” manager Fredi Gonzalez said.

Donnelly technically went on the DL on Saturday.

The Marlins have some other relief options ready to return. Burke Badenhop, on the DL with a right trapezius strain, retired all 14 batters he faced in 4 2/3 innings of a rehab assignment for Class A Jupiter on Saturday. Badenhop is next scheduled to throw for Class A Jupiter on Thursday. But if he is needed at the big league level, he can be brought off the DL before that.

— Joe Frisaro


Donnelly going on DL

Not wanting to chance further injury, the Marlins are placing veteran reliever Brendan Donnelly on the 15-day disabled list.

The 38-year-old right-hander strained his right calf while fielding a bunt in Florida’s 4-3 loss to the Braves at Turner Field on Saturday night.

The injury occurred in the bottom of the eighth inning. Donnelly sprinted off the mound to field Matt Diaz’s sacrifice bunt. The reliever threw across his body while he was near the first-base line. He field discomfort on the play.

Immediately manager Fredi Gonzalez and trainer Sean Cunningham came to the mound. Donnelly threw a warmup pitch, and immediately was replaced by Matt Lindstrom.

The Marlins didn’t announce who would be called up for Sunday’s series finale with the Braves. A likely choice is Double-A Jacksonville right-hander Cristhian Martinez, who was optioned on Aug. 20. Martinez is eligible to return because it is a DL situation. Normally, a player must wait 10 days after being optioned to be recalled.

— Joe Frisaro


Calero day-to-day

In the eighth inning of Florida’s 12-3 win over Philadelphia, Marlins reliever Kiko Calero was lifted with pain in his right knee.

Appearing for the first time since Aug. 4 at Washington, Calero exited after issuing a two-out walk to Chase Utley.

Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez and trainer Sean Cunningham came to the mound, and the veteran right-hander was replaced without even testing the knee with a warmup pitch.

Afterwards, Calero said he feld discomfort in the muscle area above the kneecap.

“It felt weak today,” said Calero, who has appeared in 47 games this season. “On Friday, I started feeling it. But today, there were two pitches [to Utley] where my knee felt weak. I’m fine.”

Calero is listed as day-to-day.

In 2003, he had surgery to repair a torn right patella.

Gonzalez said before of his past history with the knee area, the team is being extra cautious.

Calero was on the disabled list from June 21-July 9 with right shoulder inflammation.

The Marlins were hoping to avoid using Renyel Pinto on Sunday, but the lefty replaced Calero, and he retired Ryan Howard on a fly ball to right field.

Calero has been used in a late-inning relief role. Matt Lindstrom, Brendan Donnelly, Brian Sanches and Tim Wood are right-handed setup options. Leo Nunez has been used as closer.

— Joe Frisaro



Marlins sign reliever Donnelly

The Marlins announced on Sunday that they’ve signed veteran right-handed reliever Brendan Donnelly, who was activated for the series finale with the Pirates at Land Shark Stadium.

To make room for Donnelly, right-hander Chris Leroux was placed on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation.

Donnelly last pitched in the big leagues for the Indians in 2008, appearing in 15 games. The veteran broke in with the Angels in 2002, and he has 318 career appearances.

— Joe Frisaro