Top pitching prospect Jose Fernandez was added to the Miami Marlins’ roster ahead of Monday’s opener at Washington and is scheduled to make his major league debut April 7 against the Mets in New York.
The unexpected addition of Fernandez was made Sunday following injuries to righthanders Nathan Eovaldi and Henderson Alvarez. The pair were put on the 15-day disabled list because of shoulder inflammation.
Fernandez was selected by the Marlins with the 14th overall pick in the 2011 amateur draft and hasn’t pitched above Single A. The 20-year-old took part in the Marlins’ camp this year, then was assigned to Double A Jacksonville.
The 6-foot-4-inch, 220-pound righthander came to the United States by boat as a Cuban refugee in 2008. He was 14-1 with a 1.75 ERA in 25 games in the minor leagues last year.
Bay earns spot in Seattle
Jason Bay found himself in unfamiliar territory, competing for a big league job, and then landed on the Seattle Mariners’ Opening Day roster. Bay will be the Mariners’ fifth outfielder. After signing a $66 million, four-year deal before the 2010 season, the three-time All-Star hit .234 with 26 homers and 124 RBIs over the past three years, including a .165 average with eight homers and 20 RBIs in 2012. He sustained concussions and rib injuries and was limited to 288 total games with the Mets . . . Bob Turley, a Cy Young-winning righthanded pitcher who lifted the Yankees to a come-from-behind victory over the Milwaukee Braves in the 1958 World Series, died in Atlanta on Saturday. He was 82. Turley, who lived in Alpharetta, Ga., died due to liver cancer, his son, Terry, told The Baltimore Sun. He ended his playing career with the Angels and the Red Sox in 1963. He was a pitching coach for the Red Sox in 1964 before leaving baseball for a career in finance and insurance.
Three Orioles placed on DL
Righthander Steve Johnson, lefthander Tsuyoshi Wada, and infielder Wilson Betemit were put on the 15-day disabled list by the Orioles. Johnson (back) was put on the DL retroactive to March 23. Wada (left elbow) was retroactive to March 22 and Betemit (right knee) to March 26 . . . The Rays placed designated hitter Luke Scott on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right calf . . . Atlanta placed lefthander Jonny Venters on the 15-day DL with a sprained elbow and purchased the contract of catcher Evan Gattis . . . Louisville Slugger introduced changes to its bat, which is now made with firmer wood and stamped with a new logo. The aim of the new bat is to keep it from splintering on the field. Baseball officials have been concerned about maple bats shattering, creating potential hazards for infielders. Howard Smith, vice president of licensing for the MLB, said players tested the new bats and gave it ‘‘rave reviews.’’