The first thought that raced through Dan Jennings' mind when he was struck in the head by a line drive was that his season was over. And things were looking that way for Carter Capps, too, when he landed on the DL in late May with a right elbow sprain.
But both relievers are back with the club and hoping that September brings them peace of mind going into the offseason.
"Yes, it's definitely a huge confidence boost," Capps said. "I really wanted to go into the offseason not leaving a bad taste in the Marlins' mouths. They obviously gave me a great opportunity to be up here and I definitely want to prove I can pitch up here, and pitch healthy."
The Marlins were counting on Capps to give them a big arm in the back end of their bullpen when they acquired him from Seattle last winter for Logan Morrison. But after appearing in only nine games, Capps went on the DL with a right elbow sprain.
Jennings, meanwhile, is thankful just to be alive after being hit in the head with a line drive in Pittsburgh on Aug. 7. Fortunately, Jennings sustained only a concussion and recovered quickly.
"Obviously, my first thought was my year is over," Jennings said. "To be back and playing again is awesome. I'm sure guys have dealt with stuff that makes it scary for them to get back on the mound. I'm fortunate I didn't have any lapses, or anything like that. I was able to get back out and pitch (on minor league rehab), and it just felt natural. I think it was good timing in that aspect, where it happened in August and I could come back in September. A lot of circumstances went right for me to be here."
The Marlins announced more call-ups on Tuesday, including pitchers Andrew Heaney and Anthony DeSclafani. The club has yet to make a statement giving a reason for the decision, but the oblique injury to Henderson Alvarez might have swayed them to bring up the two rookies.
In addition to Heaney and DeSclafani, the Marlins also called up infielder Kike Hernandez and first baseman Justin Bour.