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Marlins Call Up Reliever Joe Nelson

         With their bullpen taxed from Sunday's doubleheader, the Marlins on Monday brought in help: journeyman right-hander Joe Nelson.

        Joe_nelson Nelson, 33, is 1-1 with 11 saves and a nifty 2.10 ERA for Triple A Albuquerque.

         He also brings big-league experience. Nelson had nine saves for the Kansas City Royals in 2006 and saw a tiny bit of playing time with the Atlanta Braves (two appearances in 2001) and Boston Red Sox (three appearances in 2004).

         Kevin Gregg closed out both wins on Sunday -- receiving the save in the first game and the victory in the second -- and is probably unavailable tonight when the Marlins open a 3-game series in New York against the Mets. That means Nelson could get the ball in the ninth if the Marlins are in position to win.

         The weekend roster moves (infielder Robert Andino back to Albuquerque, Eulogio de la Cruz brought in for one start and immediately sent back to Triple A, and the call-up of Nelson) leaves the Marlins with 13 pitchers. Manager Fredi Gonzalez said Sunday the team would likely carry 13 pitchers through the Philadelphia series.

       

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