The Marlins introduced Wednesday morning that they’ve positioned catcher Jorge Alfaro on the 10-day injured checklist because of a left hamstring pressure 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 begin this yr, slashing .229/.250/.257 with a dozen strikeouts in opposition to only one stroll in 36 journeys to the plate. He was faraway from final night time’s recreation in opposition to the Orioles after beating out an infield single. Chad Wallach changed Alfaro final night time, and he’ll now share time behind the dish in Miami with Leon whereas Alfaro mends.
Leon, 32, has seen Main League time in components of 9 seasons however has by no means offered a lot with the bat other than what seems to be to be an anomalous 2016 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, however Leon has mustered only a .194/.263/.306 line in 861 journeys to the plate since that point. He spent the 2020 season with the Indians group, hitting .136/.296/.242 in 81 plate appearances.
Leon will not be a lot of a hitter, however he’s a well-regarded pitch framer with a profession 34 % caught-stealing fee that’s properly above the league common. His throwing has deteriorated in recent times, together with only a 2-for-11 effort in thwarting thieves final yr, however Leon is thought to be a sound defensive backstop on the entire. The Marlins have but to supply any sort of timeline for Alfaro’s damage, so it’s unclear simply how lengthy of a window Leon may have in Miami.