May 3, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Miami Marlins second baseman Donovan Solano (17) celebrates hitting a home run with third base coach Joe Espada during the fourth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports
After their 4-0 victory on Monday night, the Miami Marlins made a roster move to aid them in their upcoming series with the Atlanta Braves. The Marlins recalled infielder Donovan Solano up from Triple-A New Orleans and sent outfielder Jordan Brown down.
Solano began the season as the Marlins starting second baseman, but posted an unimpressive .278/.333/.324 slash line with an wOBA of just .286 before going down with a side injury in early May with left-sided “discomfort.” Solano was able to return to action a month later, but the team decided to send him to Triple-A, as rookie second baseman Derek Dietrich had done well in his place.
In his 17 games in Triple-A, Solano did about everything in his power to force the Marlins to recall him. In 118 plate appearances Solano posted a .379/.411/.545 slash line. He had hit in all 17 of his games with the Z’s, but that hitting streak will be put on a brief hold, as Solano makes his way back to the majors.
While he has mostly played second base in the majors, Solano is expected to be a utility player all over the infield for the Marlins. He will spend some time spelling Dietrich at second, as well as log some innings at short stop and third base. The Marlins will keep Solano’s bat in the lineup, as long as he is hitting.
Brown only appeared in seven games and was held hitless since he was recalled to the team on June 14th. He was primarily used as a pitch hitter and only made one start (in his first stint with the team).