JT Riddle made the show. According to the Marlins and MLB.com, the team’s infield depth is being tested early. Injuries have taken their toll so far in this early season. On Sunday afternoon, the organization announced shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with a left oblique strain.
With Hechavarria out, the left side of Miami's infield is taxed because third baseman Martin Prado opened the season on the DL with a right hamstring strain. For depth, J.T. Riddle has been recalled from Triple-A New Orleans and was in uniform for Sunday night's series finale with the Mets at Citi Field.
The Marlins have already had to shuffle some of their roster with the hamstring injury to third baseman Martin Prado. The team hopes their veteran will be back in the lineup soon.
Hechavarria tweaked his oblique during batting practice prior to Saturday's 8-1 win over the Mets at Citi Field. While he told the team the pain wasn’t too bad, it will keep him out of the lineup. The Marlins are being bold this season, only keeping four bench players while using 13 pitchers on the roster.
"Dustin was pretty optimistic today," manager Don Mattingly said. "There's a possibility that it could be shorter. He felt pretty good coming in today. We knew it wasn't going to be a day or two. It was a pretty easy decision [to place him on the DL]."
This is the first time Riddle has been brought up to the majors. He spent time between Jacksonville, the team’s Double-A affiliate in the Southern League and Triple-A New Orleans last season. Following Spring Training, Riddle was assigned to New Orleans to start the season.
"J.T. will play," Mattingly said. "I noticed a big improvement from one spring to the next. That's what you look forward to in guys when you see them the second time in camp. Sometimes they're a little nervous or are trying to figure out the whole scenario being in big league camp, and dealing with a lot."
Riddle's favorite player growing up was Chipper Jones, and he even wore No. 10 because of the legendary Braves' third baseman.
"Chipper Jones, I just loved him," Riddle said. "I wore his number - No. 10. I played some third when I was younger. There was just something about him. He was a hunter, too. So I liked that. The Braves were just on TV, so that's who we watched growing up."
In all likelihood, the team will play Miguel Rojas at shortstop and have Riddle on the bench.
Riddle, 25, was off to a hot start with the Baby Cakes, batting .429 (6-for-14).