To replace COVID-19 positive players, Marlins are making a lot of moves. Here they are.

Jordan McPherson, Miami Herald on

Published in Baseball

BALTIMORE -- The Miami Marlins, ahead of their four-game series against the Baltimore Orioles that starts Tuesday, have made known the roster moves to replace the 18 players who tested positive for COVID-19 over an eight-day stretch in Philadelphia.

Fair warning: It's a lot.

The Marlins will be placing 14 players on the injured list Tuesday, officially for unspecified reasons because teams don't have to directly say a player is out due to COVID-19. Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill did not name the players going on the IL yet.

Those 14 join outfielder Harold Ramirez, first baseman/outfielder Garrett Cooper, pitcher Jose Urena and catcher Jorge Alfaro on the IL. Second baseman Isan Diaz is also on the restricted list after opting out of the season on Friday.

There is no set maximum or minimum time limit that a player has to spend on the newly implemented COVID-19 Related IL.

As a result, 16 players so far who were not on the active roster or part of the taxi squad for the series against the Phillies.


The new additions, with brief insight on each, are below. They are listed in alphabetical order by last name.

-- Infielder Eddy Alvarez: Alvarez, a Miami native and former speedskater who won a silver medal at the 2014 Olympics, hit .323 in Triple A last year and was one of the Marlins' more consistent hitters during summer camp. He can play second base, shortstop and third base.

-- Pitcher Richard Bleier: The Marlins acquired Bleier, a South Florida native and South Plantation alumnus, in a trade with the Orioles on Saturday. He has a career 2.99 ERA and has given up just one hit while striking out four in three innings this season.

-- Outfielder Lewis Brinson: Brinson's pivotal third season with the Marlins will now get underway after an unanticipated delay. He missed the first week of summer camp for undisclosed reasons and has been working in Jupiter since. Brinson, who had a combined .189 batting average over the past two seasons with more strikeouts (194) than hits (115), needs to show the Marlins quickly that he can be of value to the club or else he'll likely be passed over by the wave of up-and-coming outfielders in the team's minor-league system.


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