The Marlins have selected the contract of outfielder Jonathan Davis, per Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald. Fellow outfielder Peyton Burdick was optioned in a corresponding move while right-hander Johnny Cueto was transferred to the 60-day injured list to open a spot on the 40-man.
Davis, 31, was acquired from the Tigers in a trade just yesterday and will immediately jump onto Miami’s roster. After signing a minor league deal with the Tigers this winter, he had hit .258/.336/.516 in 141 Triple-A appearances before the deal, launching five home runs and stealing five bases.
He has appeared in the five previous major league seasons as a part-time player, getting into 171 contests over those five campaigns. He’s hit just .185/.291/.245 in that time but swiped 18 bags and his defense has been worth eight Outs Above Average.
The Marlins have been dealing with some challenges in their outfield of late, with each of Jazz Chisholm Jr., Avisaíl García and Jesús Sánchez are on the injured list. They’ve also gotten some tepid offensive production from players like Garrett Hampson as well as Burdick, who is slashing just .182/.270/.333 through 37 plate appearances so far this year. He has a far better .293/.381/.636 in Triple-A this year but hasn’t been able to translate it to the big leagues. He’ll now head back to the farm for some more work down there.
As for Cueto, 37, he was placed on the injured list with right biceps tightness after lasting just one inning in his first start of the year. He has recently been playing catch, per McPherson, but has yet to begin a rehab assignment. He’ll now be officially ineligible to return until 60 days from that initial IL placement, which was April 4. That means he can’t return prior to June 3 but that didn’t seem to be a likely outcome anyhow. Once he’s healthy, he’ll need a few weeks to ramp back up to a full starter’s workload, essentially redoing his Spring Training.
It’s certainly not the ideal outcome that the Marlins had hoped for when signing Cueto to a one-year, $8.5MM deal this winter, though their rotation is in decent shape without him. They recently called up top prospect Eury Pérez to join Sandy Alcantara, Jesús Luzardo, Edward Cabrera and Braxton Garrett. That keeps them in good form for the time being, but Cueto’s absence will mean they have one less depth option on hand. The Marlins have a $10.5MM club option for 2024 with a $2.5MM buyout, making it a net $8 decision.
That’s a lengthy Cuetos interuptus!
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Glad he’s doing well since Korn isn’t as popular anymore.
Lots of fans were clamoring for the Reds to sign him in the off season. Sometimes the best moves are ones not made.
Cueto? Still pitches? This is a favorite time of year when i have remindings that some former stud is trying to make a beautiful sunset.
Next news feed maybe says, Rick Porcello plays long toss and expects a Pirates(?) debut in late August.
Cueto actually had a phenomenal year for the White Sox last year — I’m not even exaggerating. It was shocking at first, he was probably our most consistent arm each start.
Selkies: You’re absolutely right. Cueto ate up a lot of innings and had a lot of quality starts. He even volunteered to pitch when the starting pitcher was injured early in a game. Cueto had thrown two days earlier but pitched brilliantly in that game. The Sox should have kept him.
Wow, one of Hahn’s best moves was not bringing Cueto back.
Right biceps tightness….wtf? What is wrong with these players? This sounds ridiculous. I mean how does this happen and end up being a problem?
That’s how it happens.
Just a guess. A hypothesis, if you will.
These guys lift weights and get big muscles. They have to learn to stretch out the muscle they just worked. Then they have to stretch out thoroughly before a game. I doubt most of them do.
I have no idea what Cueto’s regimen is. But he’ll never be mistaken for Mr. Universe. Biceps tightness is pretty common for a pitcher.
Listen to you trying to sound all smart! You go girl!
@retired/advisory role: Where did you get the medical training on which you based your question?
Baseball players hurt their eyelids when they wake up in the morning. I don’t know how in this world these guys get hurt so much. It’s a non contact sport. I have never seen so many get injured all by themselves. I don’t think you need medical expertise to notice injuries mounting up. Maybe you do but nobody else does
Your pocket protector is crooked, retarted/adversity role.
@retired/advisory role: I am not the one judging professional athletes for getting injured.
I don’t know how these things harm you or bother you so much, but education might help you actually know what you’re talking about.
Have you considered the possibility that there appear to be more player injuries now than in the past because of advances in athletic medicine and training? Players aren’t necessarily getting hurt with greater frequency, but injuries, however major or minor, that were ignored or undiagnosed years ago are being more accurately and effectively diagnosed and treated today.
It doesn’t appear that you have the intellect to think on such a level.
You’re correct, of course. Dizzy Dean, Sandy Koufax and Pete Reiser are just three guys whose careers were ruined due to the lunacy of the teams they played for. Proper care vice recklessness makes a huge difference.
Correct, although Koufax was smart enough to retire at 30, before he did long-term damage to his health.
Yep. But I read stories of the Dodgers having him pitch complete games in spring training… Then watching if his elbow swelled up!
Interesting. I never read that.
Nope, I don’t touch alcohol for health reasons. But you have confirmed that you lack the intellect to think on a more elevated level.
However, you haven’t explained why player injuries bother you so much and why you think it’s good to be so judgmental.
And you are overly judgmental. Not a positive personal attribute. To say nothing of not very smart.
“Nevertheless, on March 30, in the middle of Spring Training — nearly two weeks before Opening Day — Koufax pitched his second straight complete game for the Dodgers, striking out 10 in a 2–0 loss.”
“Two days later, the 29-year-old was on a plane to see Dr. Robert Kerlan.”
@retired/advisory role: You are a classic case for the old saying that it’s better to be silent and let others only think you might be an ignorant fool than to open your piehole, spew your stupidity, and eliminate any possible doubt.
Furthermore, it appears that you are too dumb to actually understand the full depth and breadth of your stupidity.
When did Jonathan Davis leave Korn?
He lost his ear for music?
The Angels radio guys just mentioned the A’s. If they lose tonight they go 10-40. A .200 winning percentage. That borders on criminal. And that wouldn’t play in ANY city.
Backup Catcher to the Backup Catcher
Only use Davis as a pinch runner, and that’s if you have to use him at all. He’s not part of the Marlins’ future, nor anyone else’s, either.
We traded for the former #1 draft pick, Xavier Edwards. Play the kid everyday in CF and let’s see what we’ve got. When Jazz returns, Edwards can play SS, another glaring hole.
Not gonna learn anything we don’t already know about Berti, Hampson, Wendle or Davis. So why even bother giving them at bats?
I wanna see Edwards in CF, Jacob Amaya given a chance at SS and maybe play Jazz at 3B where his chance of injury is much less than in the outfield or even 2B.
Do that Ng and Shumaker, and I might even buy a ticket to one of your games.
Besides the baserunning mistake he made earlier, dude kind of looks like a baseball player to me; kind of like when we got de la cruz. We’ll see. The marlins sure could use some luck or…