MIAMI -- One of the most versatile players in the organization is back with the Marlins. Miami reinstated Miguel Rojas, on the 60-day disabled list since May 9 with a fractured right thumb, on Tuesday to replace Martin Prado on the roster.Prado went on the 10-day DL with a right knee
MIAMI -- One of the most versatile players in the organization is back with the Marlins. Miami reinstated Miguel Rojas, on the 60-day disabled list since May 9 with a fractured right thumb, on Tuesday to replace Martin Prado on the roster.
Prado went on the 10-day DL with a right knee strain and underwent an MRI on Tuesday, and his return is unclear. In the meantime, Rojas will be used in a utility role. Derek Dietrich is expected to get the majority of the playing time at third base, freeing Rojas to be used at every infield spot.
"It gives us a little more flexibility to give guys days off," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. "[Rojas' role] is more all over. That's what I see right now. Right now, I think it's basically all over the place. You can picture him in almost every game, because of the way he plays defense."
With Rojas back, the Marlins again have a backup shortstop option for JT Riddle, who had been the only shortstop on the roster since Christian Colon was designated for assignment on June 23.
Rojas also provides depth behind second baseman Dee Gordon, and he can play first base if Justin Bour needs a breather or there is a double-switch situation.
Mattingly said Dietrich, who bats left-handed, will get most of the time at third base, but Rojas could also be a right-handed-hitting alternative.
Rojas got off to a hot start, batting .338 with a .389 on-base percentage in 24 games.
"Right now, at this point, it's like a new season for me," Rojas said. "Whatever I did in April, that's already in the past. I have to prove that I'm 100 percent ready and that I'm ready to take a spot in the lineup. Coming off the bench, I don't care. I'm just going to be here to contribute, whatever it is. I'll be the backup and utility man in this lineup."
Also on Tuesday, the Marlins recalled left-hander Adam Conley from Triple-A New Orleans, and he started against the Phillies at Marlins Park.
To make roster space for Conley, Miami optioned hard-throwing reliever Drew Steckenrider to New Orleans.
Steckenrider, 26, is 1-1 with a 3.52 ERA in nine appearances for the Marlins in 2017.
"I just think Steck is a part of the future," Mattingly said. "Right now, it's what we had to do."
If the Marlins trade either David Phelps or AJ Ramos by the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, Steckenrider will likely return to Miami.
"We don't know what's going to happen at the Trade Deadline," Mattingly said. "Steck understands the situation. He's been good about understanding where we're at with that roster flexibility, up and down."
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