The Marlins weren’t planning to call up Christopher Bostick to the majors as of Monday morning.
When Bostick landed in Atlanta a few hours later, circumstances had changed in his favor.
Around 2:30 p.m., Bostick was sitting at a gate at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport waiting for a flight that would take him to meet up with the New Orleans Baby Cakes, the Marlins’ Triple A affiliate, in time for a game in Memphis.
Then his phone rang.
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It was Marlins’ President of Baseball Operations Michael Hill.
Bostick would still play baseball Monday night.
He’d just do it at SunTrust Park and found a way to get there just in time for the Marlins’ second game of their doubleheader against the Braves.
“Mike [Hill] called me and said ‘Don’t get on the plane,’” Bostick said. “It was fun trying to explain to people at the airport that I played for the Marlins and I needed to get my bags off the plane.”
Bostick, a 25-year old infielder/outfielder the Marlins picked up in a trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates a day earlier, wasn’t successful in that endeavor.
Two of his three bags made their way to Memphis.
The other stayed at the Atlanta airport, but Bostick couldn’t recover it before he had to rush to the ballpark after taking an Uber ride.
Bostick made it in time to make his Marlins’ debut and even drew a walk in a pinch-hit plate appearance.
“It was fine,” Bostick said. “It’s a cool story and it’s going to be a fun story to tell.”
Despite arriving without his equipment, the Marlins came to Bostick’s aid.
Dan Straily, who knew Bostick from their days in the Oakland A’s farm system back in 2011, lent Bostick his cleats which happened to be a size 11½ just like his.
Bostick used a Marlins equipment manager’s glove and got him a bat.
And after the game, Bostick was able to recover his bags from the airline.
“It was something to laugh about it really wasn’t anything stressful,” Bostick said. “And I was able to recover all my stuff so wasn’t that bad.”
An injury to Marlins’ third baseman Martin Prado in the first game of the twin bill prompted Bostick’s impromptu major-league call-up.
Bostick, who was born in Rochester, New York, was designated for assignment by the Pirates last week which led to the trade.
Bostick left the Pirates’ Triple A affiliate at Indianapolis and drove to Rochester to meet up with his wife after being designated. Once traded, Bostick drove to West Virginia and later to Washington, D.C. where his wife works. He then boarded a flight Monday to Atlanta.
“When I saw Martin limping on the field, I called [Marlins travel coordinator] Manny [Colon] to confirm where [Bostick] was,” Hill said. “Manny told me he was landing in Atlanta in 20 minutes. As soon as I found out the severity of Prado’s injury, I called him. Even if he had already headed to Memphis we would have just brought him back here.”
Fortunately for Bostick, he didn’t have to take a wasted trip to Memphis.
“I’ve been moved around a lot in my career,” Bostick said. “This is my fifth place and this is the most excited I’ve been. Opportunities are not plentiful in this game. Sometimes you have to be in the right place at the right time so I’m just happy to be somewhere I’m valued and I hope I can go out and show what I can do.”
After Prado was placed on the disabled list with a left quad injury, the Marlins also lost Miguel Rojas to a bruised left ankle in the second game Monday night.
Rojas did not play on Tuesday night as the Marlins planned to see how he felt by Friday before making a decision whether or not to put him on the DL.
“We have the off day coming [Thursday] so key for him is if he can improve by then,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. “If he’s not ready by Friday we may have to do something.”
Wednesday: Miami Marlins RHP Jose Urena (3-12, 4.74 ERA) vs. Atlanta Braves RHP Kevin Gausman (6-9, 4.27), 7:35 p.m., SunTrust Park.
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