Virus-stricken Miami Marlins continue the season with 18 new players

Scrambling for substitutions following a coronavirus outbreak, the Miami Marlins included a Moran, a Morin, two pitchers named Josh Smith, and a previous Olympic medalist in speedskating.

Likewise among the 18 players joining the Marlins’ 30-man roster as they continued their virus-disrupted season in Baltimore on Tuesday night were outfielder Monte Harrison and right-hander Jose Guzman, exceptionally respected possibilities arriving at the majors for the first time.

Another newcomer was pitcher Richard Bleier, coming back to his previous ballpark in the wake of being gained from the Orioles in trade throughout the end of the week.

“We’re just excited to get back on the field,” president of baseball operations Michael Hill said.

After the Marlins held up nine days to play following the outbreak, the beginning of the game was pushed back about an hour when their most recent test outcomes were postponed.

Beginning pitchers Sandy Alcantara and Caleb Smith joined Jose Urena on the harmed list, leaving the Marlins without three-fifths of their rotation. Eight of their 12 opening-day relievers were additionally on the IL, as was shortstop Miguel Rojas.

With more than half the team needing to be supplanted, newcomers included infielder Eddy Alvarez a 30-year-old Miami local who won a silver medal in speedskating at the 2014 Winter Olympics and still couldn’t seem to play in the majors.

“A tremendous story on stick-to-it-iveness,” Hill said.

Also, this: The Marlins actually started the game in first place in the NL East.

At 2-1, Miami began the day with the best winning percentage in the division. Groups are scheduled for just 60 games every this season and it’s conceivable few out of every odd club will play that numerous in light of disturbances.

All things considered, with 16 of 30 clubs making the playoffs, the postseason field would be controlled by winning percentage.

The Marlins’ patched up pitching staff incorporates right-hander Mike Morin and left-hander Brian Moran, and right-hander Josh A. Smith and left-hander Josh D. Smith, all recently obtained veterans.

“I won’t say it was a call to arms,” Hill said. “It was a call in need of arms.”

The Marlins put 17 players on the harmed list, and beginning second baseman Isan Diaz quit for the rest of the season. Substitutions included seven recently gained players, and 11 players from the group’s other training site.

Harrison was in the lineup in center field Tuesday night, as was 33-year-old newcomer Logan Forsythe as the assigned hitter.

The infection contaminated 21 individuals from the Marlins’ traveling party and constrained the suspension of their season July 26 after only three games. The roster overhaul that has followed will test a farm system much improved since Derek Jeter’s group purchased the franchise almost three years back.

“We expect to win games,” Hill said. “We have been able to acquire layers of talent, and while you never anticipate having to replace 18 players, it’s a credit to the work we’ve done organizationally to build depth to absorb what we are doing today.

“No one is making excuses. We know we have a job to do and we’re ready to go.”

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