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Marcell Ozuna was finally called up from Triple-A New Orleans prior to Saturday’s game against the Cardinals. He destroyed minor league pitching, knocking five homers while batting .317.
His incredibly lengthy service in New Orleans was due to his arbitration situation, where the Marlins had the chance to delay his clock, which they did.
“I was in the jail over there. It’s like a jail,” Ozuna told the Miami Herald. “But it’s OK. I’m back, and I’m going to help the team, help Miami.”
Players also spoke out on this situation, disagreeing with the decision, largely due to the fact that Ozuna is clearly a top 25 organizational player.
“Ozuna is a proven major leaguer, certainly deserving of being in the majors with the Marlins,” Ozuna’s agent Scott Boras told the Herald. “I don’t think anyone would look at the talent with the Marlins and suggest he’s not one of the top 25 players in that organization.”
From Around the Web:
ST. LOUIS – The Miami Marlins showed on Sunday that while their playoff hopes may be long gone, the team is still fighting for wins every day.
ST. LOUIS — Miami right-hander David Phelps left Sunday’s game at St. Louis in the bottom of the third inning with right elbow discomfort and will be day to day, according to the Marlins.
Phelps, who entered the game with a 4-8 mark and a 4.35 ERA, gave up two home runs to Jason Heyward. After the second homer, Phelps delivered one pitch to Randal Grichuk and then signaled for the trainer to come to the mound. (Read More Here)
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