The Florida Marlins have acquired outfielder Henry Rodriguez and cash consideration from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for minor league outfielder/first baseman Ross Gload off the Marlins’ AA Portland roster and left-handed pitcher David Noyce off the roster of Class A Brevard County. “We were able to acquire a professional hitter that will provide some stability to the middle of our lineup, now that Cliff Floyd has incurred an injury,” said Dombrowski. “We expect Henry will help us win more games over the remainder of the season.” A 32-year-old native of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, the 6-2, 225 lb. Rodriguez is expected to report to the Marlins as soon as possible at which time the Marlins will make a roster move to make room for Rodriguez on the Marlins’ 25-man roster.
The Marlins placed shortstop Alex Gonzalez on the 15-day disabled list with a grade two sprain of the medial collateral ligament in his left knee and recalled the contract of infielder Chris Clapinski from AAA Calgary. Gonzalez is expected to be out two to four weeks. He will be on crutches for the next few days and will be walking in seven to 10 days. The Marlins also placed outfielder Cliff Floyd on the 15-day disabled list with a tear of the medial meniscus of his left knee and purchased the contract of shortstop Mendy Lopez from AAA Calgary. (Gonzalez – Full Release, Floyd – Full Release)
The Marlins acquired right-handed pitcher Manny Aybar from the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for right-handed pitcher Jorge Cordova, who is currently on the roster of the Marlins’ Class A affiliate, Kane County. A 25-year-old native of Bani, Dominican Republic is 1-2 with a 5.19 ERA in 33 relief appearances with Cincinnati. Prior to being placed on the disabled list on July 2 with a strained right groin, Aybar ranked second among National League relievers with 52.0 innings pitched. To make room, the Marlins designated Ron Mahay for assignment.
Prior to tonight’s game, the Marlins recalled the contract of catcher Ramon Castro from AAA Calgary and announced that catcher Paul Bako was claimed off waivers by the Atlanta Braves. Castro hit .335 (73×218) with 14 home runs and 45 RBI in 67 games with the Cannons. Bako, acquired from Houston on April 11 for cash considerations and a player to be named, on or before October 10, played in 56 games with Florida and hit .242 (39×161) with 14 RBI.
The Florida Marlins announced Wednesday they have recalled the injury rehab assignment from Brevard County (A) and reinstated from the disabled list right-handed pitcher Dan Miceli and optioned the contract of right-handed pitcher Joe Strong to AAA Calgary.
A.J. Burnett was activated earlier than expected when Brad Penny was placed on the Disabled List. Penny lasted on 3-1/3 innings against the Braves and will have an MRI on his strained right shoulder. Burnett has been on the DL since spring training with a ruptured ligamed in his righ thumb.
For the second year in a row, Alex Fernandez (4-4, 4.13 ERA) will finish the season on the Disabled List. Fernandez’s right shoulder continues to experience inflamation and chronic pain and might need further surgery. Fernandez began throwing last week, but the shoulder was still sore. Insurance will pay $5 million of his $7 million dollar salary. There is still one year left on his 5-year contract. Should Fernandez undergoe another operation, he might miss the entire 2001 season. During the 1997 NLCS, Fernandez blew out the rotator cuff. He missed the entire 1998 season and was shut down last august. He last pithced on May 18, 2000.
Mike Lowell and Derrek Lee each hit 3-run home runs as the Marlins opened the second half of the season with an 11-9 victory at over the New York Yankees. Despite the $85 million difference in payrolls, the Fish have more wins than the defending world champions. The Marlins also moved within 3 games of the New York Mets, who currently occupy the NL’s wild card spot. Marlins pitching struggled, including starter Brad Penny, who allowed three runs in five innings. The Marlins loaded the bases several times, yet the Yankees struggled to capitalize on those opportunities. The Marlins lead from the begining, thanks to six Marlins having two hits. One of them, Preston Wilson, also scored three runs and stole two bases. Antonio Alfonseca, who was not named to the All-Star Game, pitched 1-1/3 innings to earn his league-leading 29th save.
Ryan Dempster was named a National League All-Star for the 2000 All-Star game to be played in Atlanta. Dempster is 9-4 this season with a 3.39 ERA. He will join a National League roster which includes several former Marlins including Gary Sheffield, Kevin Brown, Carl Everett, and Trevor Hoffman. The 2000 All-Star game was initially scheduled for Pro Player Stadium, but baseball moved the game for no reason. Despite league-leading numbers, Marlins closer Antonio Alfonseca and second baseman Luis Castillo were not selected.