The Marlins are calling up corner infieler Gaby Sanchez from Triple A New Orleans to take the roster spot of LHP Andrew Miller, who was optioned late Monday.
Sandhez entered spring training as a contender to win an Opening Day roster spot. But an injury and sluggish spring landed him in New Orleans. The 25-year-old University of Miami product is hitting .289 with nine home runs with the Zephyrs. Sanchez spent the early part of the season at first base before switching to third, fueling speculation that the Marlins might be grooming him as a possible replacement for Emilio Bonifacio.
The addition of Sanchez, who was a September call-up for the Marlins last season, gives manager Fredi Gonzalez more maneuvering room with his bench. Before Miller was sent down, the Marlins were working with only 12 position players. Now they will be back to 13.
It'll be interesting to see how the Marlins use Sanchez to start out. Will they put him on the bench? Or will they go ahead, plop him at third, and turn Bonifacio into the new Alfredo Amezaga? Bonifacio had a rough night Monday, spared of a game-tying error in the eighth when Jorge Cantu gloved his short-hopper,and committing a high-throw error in the ninth, allowing the potential tying run to reach. He also went 0 for 4 and struck out three times.
You make the call. Should Sanchez replace Bonifacio immediately? Or should he be used off the bench, at least for now?