The Marlins launched Wednesday morning that they’ve positioned catcher Jorge Alfaro on the 10-day injured guidelines due to a left hamstring strain and chosen the contract of veteran Sandy Leon to take his spot on the roster. Miami had an open spot on its 40-man roster already.
Alfaro, 27, has gotten out to a sluggish start this yr, slashing .229/.250/.257 with a dozen strikeouts in opposition to just one stroll in 36 journeys to the plate. He was away from last evening time’s recreation in opposition to the Orioles after beating out an infield single. Chad Wallach modified Alfaro last evening time, and he’ll now share time behind the dish in Miami with Leon whereas Alfaro mends.
Leon, 32, has seen Predominant League time in elements of 9 seasons nonetheless has not at all supplied rather a lot with the bat apart from what appears to be to be an anomalous 2016 advertising and marketing marketing campaign in Boston. The veteran switch-hitter posted an out-of-the-blue .310/.369/.476 slash with a career-best seven homers in 283 plate appearances that yr, nonetheless Leon has mustered solely a .194/.263/.306 line in 861 journeys to the plate since that time. He spent the 2020 season with the Indians group, hitting .136/.296/.242 in 81 plate appearances.
Leon is not going to be lots of a hitter, nonetheless he’s a well-regarded pitch framer with a occupation 34 % caught-stealing price that’s correctly above the league widespread. His throwing has deteriorated in latest occasions, along with solely a 2-for-11 effort in thwarting thieves last yr, nonetheless Leon is regarded as a sound defensive backstop on your complete. The Marlins have however to provide any kind of timeline for Alfaro’s harm, so it’s unclear merely how prolonged of a window Leon could have in Miami.