Miami Marlins notebook

Reinforcements are on the way for Miami Marlins final push for postseason

 

mnavarro@MiamiHerald.com

The Marlins on Sunday wrapped up the month of August by making one small move at the waiver trade deadline.

They shipped minor-league relief pitcher Chaz Roe (3-3, 3.66 ERA in Triple A New Orleans) to the Yankees for cash considerations.

The Marlins’ next move will be calling up a few reinforcements when rosters expand on Monday. They won’t be new names, but faces we’ve already seen before, president of baseball operations Mike Hill said.

“We’ve always brought fewer players up when we’re in the [playoff] race — players we think will help us win games,” Hill said Sunday before the Marlins closed out their road trip against the Braves.

“So obviously the guys we’ll see are the guys coming off the disabled list. [Relievers Dan] Jennings and [ Carter] Capps. Then, more than likely, a couple arms just to protect you depth-wise. We have a doubleheader later in the month [at Washington on Sept. 26]. Beyond that, an extra catcher, probably a versatile player and maybe a left-handed bat.”

The last three players Hill was referring to are catcher J.T. Realmuto, second baseman Enrique Hernandez (acquired in the Astros trade) and first baseman Justin Bour. All three have seen time in the big leagues this season with the Marlins.

Realmuto could arrive a little later than the others. He’s playing for Double A Jacksonville. The Suns could make the playoffs, and if they do Realmuto will remain with his team, Hill said.

Jennings (six scoreless innings, 8 strikeouts, 0 walks) and Capps (3 1/3 scoreless innings, four strikeouts, two walks) have both made multiple-inning appearances for Single A Jupiter recently. Hill said Capps, whose fastball approaches triple digits, has been explosive since his return to the mound.

“We’re looking forward to getting him back,” Hill said of Capps, who last pitched for the Marlins on May 25. “Since we’ll have more pitchers in the pen, we won’t overwork any of those guys.”

•  Derek Dietrich, who started 43 games for the Marlins over the first three months of the season and still has the most starts by a second baseman for the team this season, could be another player the Marlins bring up.

Sidelined by a wrist injury on July 2, Dietrich returned to action Aug. 17 and played in five rehab games for Jupiter, where he hit .313 with a homer and two RBI. He has played in six games for Triple A New Orleans since being activated from the disabled list.

SOLANO SHINES

Second base remains a position of intrigue for the Marlins. Although seven players have started there this season, Donovan Solano has become a consistent contributor over the past two months as his playing time has increased.

Counting Sunday, Solano has made 31 of the team’s last 51 starts at second base and has hit .274 with two homers, 13 RBI and a .333 on-base percentage over the stretch. The first three months of the season, Solano made just 11 starts and hit .186 with one homer and eight RBI as a utility man.

“It’s good for me to play more continually,” Solano said. “You feel better, you feel more comfortable. It’s not like it’s just one opportunity. It’s more fun, less thinking.”

Hill said Solano has done a good job taking advantage of his opportunity. The Marlins, though, would still like to get a look at Hernandez at second base at some point — most likely the spring.

• Hill said the Marlins can’t put their finger on what has led to catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia (13 errors) and first baseman Garrett Jones (13 errors) having bad defensive seasons.

As for their struggles offensively, Hill said: “I think we’ve seen glimpses of what they both bring and what we thought we were getting in signing both of them. I think their ups and downs have contributed to an inconsistent offense. When you see us rolling, you see production form both of those guys, you see production from a lot of our guys.”

COMING UP

•  Monday: Marlins RHP Henderson Alvarez (10-6, 2.75 ERA) vs. New York Mets RHP Zack Wheeler (9-9, 3.44), 1:10 p.m., Marlins Park.

•  Tuesday: Marlins RHP Brad Penny (1-0, 5.40) vs. Mets LHP Jonathan Niese (7-10, 3.48), 7:10 p.m., Marlins Park.

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