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Marcell Ozuna

Marlins place Christian Yelich on the disabled list, recall Marcell Ozuna from Triple-A


Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that the Marlins have placed outfielder Christian Yelich on the 15-day disabled list with a right knee contusion and recalled Marcell Ozuna from Triple-A New Orleans.

The Marlins demoted Ozuna to Triple-A in early July as he was hitting a meager .249/.301/.337 with four home runs and 26 RBI in 322 plate appearances. He’s handled minor league pitching well, batting .317/.379/.558 with five home runs and 11 RBI in 132 plate appearances with New Orleans.

This will be Yelich’s second trip to the disabled list this season. He missed time between April 20 and May 7 due to a lower back strain. The 23-year-old carries a .275/.343/.376 triple-slash line with six home runs, 29 RBI, and 14 stolen bases to date.

The Marlins are screwing over one of their players… again

Marcell Ozuna

When the Marlins demoted starting center fielder Marcell Ozuna on July 5, it made some sense. Sure, they had no one to replace him, but he was in a lengthy slump and 10-14 days in Triple-A might have been just the thing to restore his confidence at the plate.

And it was. Ozuna hit .325 with two homers and four doubles in his first 10 games back in the minors. But he wasn’t recalled.

Two weeks later, Ozuna is still rotting away in Triple-A while the Marlins play Christian Yelich out of position in center and Cole Gillespie, Ichiro Suzuki and recently Derek Dietrich in the corners. Ichiro played in 24 games and got 77 at-bats last month, hitting .195/.250/.234.

Ozuna has kept producing through all of this, hitting .314/.372/.558 in 24 games in Triple-A. It’s really hard to imagine that he’s not one of the Marlins’ three-best outfielders right now. Even his disappointing major league line of .249/.301/.337 features an average, an OBP and a slugging percentage better than Ichiro’s.

But, of course, the Marlins have reasons to keep Ozuna down. Financial reasons. Money reasons. Jeffrey Loria reasons. See, Ozuna entered the 2015 season with one year and 153 days of service time, practically assuring that he would be super-two arbitration eligible if he remained in the majors. That’s not going to happen now. If he were recalled today, he’d already be a long shot to qualify for super two. If the Marlins wait another week, it’s a given that he’ll miss the cut off.

So, they’ll wait another week.

Ozuna’s continued presence in Triple-A is all about saving Loria a buck. His free agency timetable hasn’t changed, but losing out on that fourth year of arbitration will probably cost him $5 million-$10 million over these next few years. That’s apparently enough to make it worth it for Loria. He hasn’t even gotten the kind of negative publicity for it that he might if he were holding back a top prospect instead (oddly enough, the Marlins rarely hold back top prospects for service time considerations, which is why they get themselves into such situations later).

I do wonder, though, if this will really pay off for Loria in the long run. Ozuna is a Scott Boras client. Jose Fernandez is a Boras client. Lots of good players are Boras clients. Spiting him to save a couple of million per year doesn’t seem like the greatest of ideas.

Ian Kennedy watches birth of daughter on FaceTime before making start

MIAMI, FL - JULY 31:  Ian Kennedy #22 of the San Diego Padres pitches during a game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on July 31, 2015 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

We have a trend here. Last week we heard about Mets left-hander Jon Niese, but now it’s Ian Kennedy’s turn. According to Corey Brock of MLB.com, Kennedy watched the birth of his daughter on FaceTime yesterday before allowing two runs over seven innings against the Marlins.

Kennedy’s wife, Allison, went into labor with their fourth child yesterday morning. He attempted to make it back to Southern California, but his flight from Miami was delayed due to inclement weather and his wife eventually just told him to stay and pitch. His daughter, Evelyn Nicole, was born just about two hours before the start of the game.

Kennedy allowed a two-run homer to Christian Yelich in the first inning, but held the Marlins off the board the rest of the way. The special day functioned as motivation for him.

“Giving up the homer helped shake it up a little bit,” he said. “[I thought], ‘Hey, I’m out here on a big league mound, you’ve got to step it up. What are you going to tell your daughter after you’re all done?’ It was just fun to pitch. Now I get to go home. I just want to hold her.”

Kennedy, who was among the many prominent names who remained with the Padres through Friday’s trade deadline, was scheduled to leave the team this morning to be with his family. He’s expected to return for his next start on Wednesday against the Brewers.

Jose Fernandez beaned David Peralta. It was an accident, but the Dbacks retaliated anyway

David Peralta

Kevin Towers and Kirk Gibson may be gone, but the Dbacks’ you-hit-us-we-hit-you mentality lives on. Regardless of the fact that the “you hit us” in this case was clearly unintentional.

In last night’s Marlins-Dbacks game, Jose Fernandez hit David Peralta on the helmet with a pitch. Based on Fernandez’s reaction, the situation and the fact that there is no bad blood here to begin with, it was clearly an accident.

Yet despite that, the Diamondbacks were barking at Fernandez from the dugout as their teammate still lay on the ground. Specifically Turner Ward, who was ejected at the time.

Then, later, Dbacks pitcher Dominic Leone threw one at the backside of Christian Yelich, in what was clear retaliation. He was immediately tossed.

Watch all of that:


What on Earth motivated the Dbacks there is beyond me. Text messages from the old regime? Fear that Tony La Russa and Dave Stewart wouldn’t think that they were old school enough? Listen to the Dbacks announcers after Yelich is hit. They think there was nothing wrong with it and are all over the umpire, so apparently whatever it is motivating all of this permeates the organization.

Thankfully Peralta appears to be OK, with concussion tests coming back negative. I presume a scan of the brains of some of the Dbacks players would come back in much the same way.