After exhausting his bullpen for the second time in five days in Sunday’s 13-3 loss against the Cubs, Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez nearly resorted to a desperation move.
Midway through the seventh inning on Sunday, Rodriguez asked rookie catcher Chris Hatcher – who was promoted from Double-A Jacksonville the same day – to get loose in the Marlins bullpen as an emergency reliever.
Fortunately for Hatcher and Rodriguez, reliever Brian Sanches’ efficient seventh inning performance barred that scenario from occurring.
“We were almost close to that,” Rodriguez said of inserting Hatcher. “I was trying not to make that happen, but the game took me to that situation. At least, it was good to see him making his debut as a hitter and not as a pitcher.”
But that’s the way the past week has gone for the Marlins’ pitching staff. In an attempt to relieve the relievers, the club promoted pitcher Steve Cishek from Jacksonville on Monday.
Despite Cishek’s promotion, Hatcher remains prepared in case a similar situation unfolds in the next two weeks. The catcher said he pitched twice in the minors – once in July and once in August – and even recorded a victory over the Mobile Baybears.
“I feel comfortable doing it – I pitched in college and in high school, so it’s not foreign for me,” Hatcher said. “I feel like I can throw the ball down the middle and get strikes. It’s one of those things where somebody’s got to do it.”
----The talk over Cubs outfielder Tyler Colvin’s accident on Sunday continued to reverberate in the Marlins clubhouse Monday morning.
Colvin was punctured in the upper left chest by his teammate’s maple bat as he was running toward home plate, prompting Rodriguez to call for Major League Baseball to take action.
“Something has to be done,” Rodriguez said. We’re watching stronger players with more bat speed and pitchers with more speed – 95,98 [mph] on a daily basis. The manufacturers of the bats have to find a way to make it very quality so when the bat shatters it doesn’t become a missile.”
“Hopefully Major League Baseball can come up with a solution before somebody else gets hurt.”
---Injury news: Also Emilio Bonifacio is out of the lineup today with a tightness in his left hamstring and Hanley Ramirez (sore left elbow) took batting practice today, but his stance still raised some concerns for Rodriguez.
"No extension at all," Rodriguez said of Ramirez's elbow during batting practice.