Kiko Calero's heavy workload finally caught up with him. The steady right-hander, whose 36 relief appearances ranks second in the majors, was placed on the 15-day DL on Sunday with right shoulder inflammation. The Marlins filled his spot by recalling RHP Tim Wood from Triple A New Orleans.
Calero hasn't pitched since Wednesday at Fenway Park when he gave up a run on a hit and three walks in 2/3 inning. He's on the DL retroactive to Thursday. Calero (2.01 ERA) was one of the most dependable members of the bullpen for the Marlins
Wood was up earlier with the Marlins but did not make an appearance.
Josh Johnson an All-Star?
Sure, Josh Johnson currently merits selection to the NL All-Star team. If the Marlins don't deviate from their current five-man rotation alignment, Johnson would start the final game before the break in Arizona July 12 -- two days before the All-Star Game in St. Louis. That wouldn't preclude him from pitching in the Midsummer Classic, as it would fall on his normal between-starts throwing day. Manager Fredi Gonzalez said Johnson would probably be okay to throw one All-Star inning.
Maybin, VandenHurk Excelling at Triple A
Keep an eye on Cameron Maybin and Rick VandenHurk, who are tearing it up at New Orleans. Maybin went 2 for 5 last night and has now gone 17 for his last 34, with eight walks and only six K's. VandenHurk, who started the season on the injury shelf, improved to 3-0 and now boasts an ERA of 1.82 for the Zephyrs. He has 30 strikeouts (and just five walks) in 29 2/3 innings for the Marlins' Triple A club.
And Gaby Sanchez also continues to stroke it and looms in wait if the Marlins decide to demote third baeman Emilio Bonifacio Sanchez moved to third base more than a week ago.