Christian Yelich could be placed on the 15-day disabled list if his back issues don’t improve within the next 24 hours. Yelich remained out of the starting lineup on Sunday for a second consecutive game.
“We’re probably going to make a decision on him [Sunday] or [Monday],” manager Mike Redmond said before Sunday’s game. “I think he feels better, but still pretty stiff. You can see by the way he’s walking around. We’re trying to give him as many days as we could, but we’ll see.
“I think a lot of it was whether he would do baseball activities [Monday], and right now it’s not looking like it. We’re holding out hope.”
If Yelich goes on the DL, the Marlins most likely would call up Jake Marisnick, who has been swinging a hot bat at Triple A New Orleans after getting off to a slow start.
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The Marlins placed Nathan Eovaldi on the paternity list Sunday and called up right-handed reliever Sam Dyson from New Orleans to fill his spot. Eovladi flew home to Texas to be with his wife for the delivery of their first child. Redmond said Eovaldi is expected back in time to make his next start on Wednesday.
Dyson recently returned from a long stint on the DL after having his jaw broken by teammate Chris Hatcher in a barroom incident last month when both were at Triple A.
“Everything’s fine,” Dyson said of the incident. “It was two months ago, so it’s definitely in the past and we’re just looking to help the team win.”
With the Marlins bullpen taxed from extended use the past two games, the Marlins are in need of a fresh arm, and the timing on the Eovaldi paternity leave couldn’t have worked out better.
“If we could just plan these guys’ babies on when we need a fresh arm, we’d be in business,” Redmond said, joking. “It does give us a fresh arm down there when we really do need it.”
Rafael Furcal didn’t ask for the ball Saturday after recording his first major-league hit in nearly two years. But nobody would have blamed him if he had.
“Why would I?” Furcal said. “I have nearly 2,000 hits.”
Furcal singled with two outs in the ninth, keeping the Marlins’ comeback hopes alive, albeit only temporarily. It snapped an 0-for-10 spell with the Marlins, and it gave him his first hit since Aug. 26, 2012.
Furcal said the hit was special to him only in the sense that it came at a time when the Marlins needed it.
“Especially in that situation,” he said. “We’re losing by two runs, and I need to be on base.”
(15-day DL, concussion) is expected to make in his first rehab game Monday for Single A Jupiter. Redmond said he doesn’t expect Saltalamacchia to play in too many games before he is recalled.
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