As reported by Miami Herald colleague Barry Jackson, minor league third baseman Colin Moran has a knee injury that is expected to keep him sidelined for three weeks. Fortunately for Moran and the Marlins, there are no tears. According to the Marlins, Moran has a MCL sprain in his left knee. Moran was expected to start the season at Single A Jupiter, and the Marlins are in no great hurry to have their top draft pick of a year ago in a big-league uniform by the end of the season.
Outfielder Brian Bogusevic wasn't exactly tickled when the Marlins designated him for assignment last week and expressed a desire to be traded, or to at least be claimed by another team. Neither happened and Bogusevic on Wednesday was outrighted to Triple A New Orleans. Bogusevic has the option of becoming a free agent and trying is luck elsewhere, but is expected to accept the assignment.
Right-handed pitcher Michael Brady, on the the other hand, was claimed off waivers by the Los Angeles Angels. Brady was also designated for assignment on Sunday in order to clear room on the 40-man roster for Kevin Slowey and Reed Johnson.
Brady, 27, was a 2009 draft pick (24th round) out of Cal-Berkeley and last season went 2-2 with a 1.53 ERA and 23 saves in 49 relief appearances at Double A Jacksonville. (see stats here).
After Marcell Ozuna was called out on a bang-bang play at first in Tuesday's fifth inning, manager Mike Redmond thought the play might be one worth challenging via replay. As the Marlins' video review experts were checking out the play back in the clubhouse, Redmond went into delay mode, walking out to first base to confer with umpire Mike DiMuro.
"It's all so new," Redmond said. "I'm used to sprinting out there on the field. So now I have to kind of pull myself back a little bit. The key here is buy a little time, to make sure we see it and get the call right. I thought it was close enough to at least go out there and talk about it."
It took less than a minute for Redmond to receive the signal from the dugout that DiMuro had made the correct call and that Ozuna was indeed out on the play.
"At the end, he got the call right," Redmond said. "I just said (to DiMuro), 'Hey, you got it. I'm out of here.'"
Had Garrett Jones been thrown out at the plate Tuesday when he scored from first on Jarrod Saltalamacchia's double, Redmond said he would have challenged the call because Rockies catcher Wilin Rosario was blocking the dish without the ball -- something that is now prohibited. Jones slid between the catcher's legs and was called safe as the ball got by Rosario.
"I would have gone out there for that, absolutely," Redmond said. "Had he caught that and tagged him out, we would have definitely tried to get that reviewed. I think we would have had a legitimate (beef). I think we would have scored that run, no matter what."
With the Rockies sending out their first right-hander of the series tonight in Jordan Lyles, Derek Dietrich will be receiving his first start at second base. Garrett Jones goes to the clean-up spot with Casey McGehee sliding down a notch to the No. 5 spot:
1. Christian Yelich, lf; 2. Dietrich, 2b; 3. Giancarlo Stanton, rf; 4. Jones, 1b; 5. McGehee, 3b; 6. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, c; 7. Ozuna, cf; 8. Adeiny Hechavarria, ss; 9. Henderson Alvarez, p.