10:41 am: Catcher Brian Navarreto will be activated to the Marlins’ roster, president of baseball operations Michael Hill told reporters, including Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald (Twitter link). Miami placed Francisco Cervelli on the seven-day injured list last night after he sustained a concussion.
A former sixth-round pick of the Twins, Navarreto is in line to make his MLB debut following seven minor-league seasons. In that time, he’s compiled a lackluster .214/.268/.307 line up through Double-A, so he won’t be expected to offer much with the bat. Nevertheless, he’s on hand as necessary catching depth for a club that’s currently without Cervelli and Chad Wallach due to injury.
Fortunately, starter Jorge Alfaro returned from his own IL stint earlier this week and figures to log most of the playing time. Fellow backstop Ryan Lavarnway was designated for assignment to open roster space for Alfaro. He remains in DFA limbo at the moment, but Miami would like to bring him back if he clears waivers, notes Craig Mish of Sportsgrid (Twitter link).