NEW YORK -- The Marlins are calling up catcher Kyle Skipworth to fill the roster spot of first baseman Casey Kotchman, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list.
The Marlins didn't have many options. Three of their primary first basemen are on the disabled list and Skipworth and outfielder Kyle Jensen were the only two healthy position players left on the 40-man roster that they could select from.
Skipworth, of course, if a former first-round draft pick -- taken one spot behind Giants catcher Buster Posey -- and received plenty of playing time during spring training after Jeff Mathis went out with a broken collarbone.
Skipworth, along with Rob Brantly and Miguel Olivo, gives the Marlins three catchers on the roster. But Olivo could fill in as a back-up first baseman for Greg Dobbs, who is expected to receive the bulk of playing time there in Kotchman's absence.
The Marlins are the eighth team since 1916 to score only one run in their first three games. (No team has ever been shut out in their first three). Along with the Marlins, the following seven teams scored just once in their opening three: 1988 Baltimore Orioles, 1969 Houston Astros, 1968 Los Angeles Dodgers, 1979 Atlanta Braves, 1937 Boston Bees, 1963 New York Mets and 1933 Boston Braves. That Orioles team lost its first 21 games.