Carlos Lee teased him about his choice of headwear a catchers helmet during the afternoon stretch. A couple of other Marlins pressured him into hiking up his jersey to reveal his abdominal muscles, which brought snickers. On his first day in the majors, 23-year-old catcher Rob Brantly received a ribbing from his older teammates.
From what I hear, theres a lot more to come, Brantly said.
The tomfoolery ends Tuesday when Brantly will take up position behind the plate for the Marlins for his first big-league start.
Brantly, the left-handed hitting catcher the Marlins obtained in a three-player package from the Detroit Tigers in the Anibal Sanchez/ Omar Infante trade last month, was called up on Monday from Triple A New Orleans.
Manager Ozzie Guillen indicated that Brantly, who could take over as the Marlins starting catcher next season, will receive plenty of playing time, especially if he hits anything like he has in the minors.
Brantly was hitting .365 (19 for 54) in 14 games for the Zephyrs when the Marlins decided to make the move and send backup Brett Hayes to New Orleans. Miamis .190 average at the catching position is the lowest in the majors.
They want to take a look at this kid, Guillen said, the same way were going to look at a couple of pitchers. We have to see what we have for next year, to see what can help us in the future.
Guillen didnt rule out using Brantly and John Buck as a lefty-righty platoon combination.
I dont know yet, Guillen said. I have to talk to Buck about the situation.
Josh Johnson, who will be on the mound for the Marlins on Tuesday, said he will allow Brantly to call pitches.
Usually with new guys youre going to have to trust them, Johnson said. Theres no way around it. You always give guys the benefit of the doubt. Im sure Im going to have to shake off, but youre going to have to trust him and just roll with it.
Whos on third?
The Marlins are suddenly short on third basemen.
After trading Hanley Ramirez and losing Donnie Murphy and Emilio Bonifacio to the disabled list, the Marlins scratched Nick Green from Mondays lineup due to an injury to his left thumb.
Greg Dobbs was inserted in Greens spot but he, too, is dealing with injury. Dobbs was scratched from Saturdays lineup due to a tight oblique muscle.
Its just something Im going to have to manage, Dobbs said.
Guillen said that if Dobbs had been unable to play, he would have used outfielder Justin Ruggiano at third base. Ruggianos experience at third on the professional level consists of one game there in 2010 at Triple A Durham.
Guillen said the Marlins were awaiting the results of X-rays before deciding what to do with Green, who sustained the injury on Sunday while reaching for a ball hit down the line.
• Tuesday: Marlins RHP Josh Johnson (7-8, 3.88 ERA) vs. Philadelphia Phillies RHP Kyle Kendrick (4-9, 4.86), 7:10 p.m., Marlins Park.
• Wednesday: Marlins LHP Mark Buehrle (9-11, 3.80) vs. Phillies RHP Roy Halladay (6-6, 3.80), 12:40 p.m., Marlins Park.
• Scouting report: Kendrick has gone 8-2 with a 4.31 in his career against the Marlins. He faced them once this season, earning the win on June 1 in Philadelphia.