Brett Hayes (yes, we know, a third catcher) was called up from Triple A New Orleans and added to the Marlins roster. The reason: the Marlins didn't have many options to choose from on their 40-man roster. They didn't want to recall Cameron Maybin for what will be only a 2- or 3-day stay. And they were unable to bring back Alejandro De Aza and Brett Carroll because of a 10-day freeze period. So Brett Hayes it is, if only for the time being.
Marlins: 1. Emilio Bonifacio, 3b; 2. Jeremy Hermida, rf; 3. Hanley Ramirez, ss; 4. Jorge Cantu, 1b; 5. John Baker, c; 6. Dan Uggla, 2b; 7. Cody Ross, cf; 8. Chris Coghlan, lf; 9. Ricky Nolasco, p.
-- Not sure whether Cristhian Martinez was around long enough to drink his cup of coffee. But the Marlins liked what they saw of him on Thursday and wouldn't be reluctant to bring him back if the need arises. Had he put away Justin Upton with two outs in the 8th, losing him on a walk after getting ahead 0-2, he might have avoided the loss in his big-league debut. Instead, Mark Reynolds followed the Upton walk with a 2-run, go-ahead homer. Martinez, who was called up as an emergency reinforcement for the fatigued bullpen and was optioned back to Double A Jacksonville after the game, struck out four in two innings.
-- The Marlins held leads in all three games they lost to Arizona. They have now owned leads in 13 of their 23 losses.
-- The Marlins are averaging about the same number of errors as they did last season, but the ones they're making are proving more costly. The Marlins made 117 errors in 161 games in 2008. They are presently on pace for 115 errors over a 162-game season. But they've also allowed 23 unearned runs. If they continue at this pace, they'll end up with 88 unearned runs compared to 60 last season.
-- Fredi Gonzalez won't be in the dugout for tomorrow's game against the Rays. He'll be in Atlanta to attend his daughter's (Gigi) high school graduation. Bench coach Carlos Tosca will man the helm in his absence. Gonzalez said he'll be back in time to manage Sunday's game.
-- Still no word on Saturday's starter, though it appears it'll either be Sean West or Daniel Barone, with West the more likely candidate.
-- The bullpen will remain short-handed for tonight's game. Gonzalez said Leo Nunez and Burke Badenhop are not available, and that he would turn to Kiko Calero only as a last resort. Gonzalez said Nunez is still feeling the effects from Wednesday's doubleheader. The slight-of-build reliever pitched in both games. "He was really spent," Gonzalez said. "He was upset the second game that he couldn't give us more." Nunez gave up a game-deciding, 3-run homer to Justin Upton in the 13th inning.
-- Cody Ross is back in the lineup after leaving Thursday's game with a migraine headache. He said he began seeing "squiggly lines and stars" when he went to the outfield after his at bat (strikeout looking) in the fourth inning. That's a sign, Ross said, of an oncoming migraine, something he experiences about once or twice a year. "I could have played if it was just a headache," Ross said. "It's the part of not being able to see. I felt bad because we were short on the bench."