Catcher Miguel Olivo walked out of Marlins Park just before the first pitch Friday night, a move that stunned a team that was already without Logan Morrison (tight back) and Placido Polanco (tight back).
"We really got put in a tough spot," manager Mike Redmond said. "It's definitely not a situation we want to ever be in."
Olivo was placed on the Marlins' restricted list, which means he will not receive pay but is still under the club's control. Olivo is forfeiting roughly half of the $800,000 salary from his one-year contract. There's a chance Miami will try to trade him.
Olivo hadn't made a start behind the plate since May 12. His playing time continued to diminish when catcher Jeff Mathis came off the disabled list May 14.
The Marlins had been going with three catchers. Now Mathis is splitting time with Rob Brantly.
"I've never been involved in something like that, to have somebody just leave after batting practice. I think everyone was kind of in shock," Redmond said.
"I know it wasn't an ideal situation for him not getting to play a lot, but at the same time, too, the team relies on you and we all rely on you. Had that happened after the game it probably would have been a different situation. But when you do it before the game and put your team in a tough spot, that's tough."
Olivo, who hit .203 with four homers and nine RBIs this season, signed with the Marlins on March 29 as insurance because Mathis broke his collarbone earlier in the spring.
Mathis went 0-for-3 Monday in the Marlins' 3-2 win at Arizona, dropping his average to .114 through 14 games. He has no homers and three RBIs. Brantly is hitting .245 with a .292 on-base percentage, no homers and 15 RBIs in 47 games.
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RHP Nate Eovaldi will be recalled from Double-A Jacksonville to make his first start of the season Tuesday. Eovaldi suffered right shoulder inflammation late in spring training and has been on the disabled list ever since. He was 1-0 with a 5.40 ERA in three starts at Jacksonville following two starts for Class A Jupiter. Considered the prime return in the July 2012 trading deadline deal that sent SS Hanley Ramirez to the Dodgers, Eovaldi was 3-7 with a 4.43 ERA in 12 starts with the Marlins last season.
RHP Kevin Slowey will be moved to the bullpen now that RHP Nate Eovaldi has joined the rotation, manager Mike Redmond said. "'Slo' is a professional. I was very honest with him and told him exactly what we needed to do, and he's on board," Redmond said. Slowey is 2-6 with a 4.10 in 14 appearances, 13 starts, in his first season with the Marlins.
LHP Edgar Olmos was optioned to Double-A Jacksonville after Monday's game to clear a roster spot for RHP Nate Eovaldi, who will be activated from the disabled list Tuesday. Olmos, 23, gave up nine runs (four earned) in five innings over five outings with the Marlins.
RF Giancarlo Stanton has six home runs at Chase Field, four in his last five games. He hit two homers Monday and had all three Miami RBIs in the Marlins' 3-2 victory over Arizona. Stanton hit a high fly down the left field line in the sixth and a line drive over the right field fence in the ninth. "It is a good backdrop. Perfect weather. It's nice," Stanton said of Chase Field. The ninth-inning homer was the 100th of his career. Stanton is 23.
RHP Henderson Alvarez (shoulder inflammation) is scheduled to throw 70 pitches in a rehab start at Class A Jupiter on Tuesday, manager Mike Redmond said. Alvarez, obtained from Toronto in the Jose Reyes/Josh Johnson/Mark Buehrle offseason trade, was injured late in spring training. "If you base it on how the other guys have gone, probably two more" rehab appearances before he will join the Marlins, Redmond said. "Weather factors in. You never know."
OF Chris Coghlan (lower back) was told he does not need surgery after seeing a back specialist Monday, manager Mike Redmond said. "It is just going to take time. He just has to rest before he can resume activity. I don't know what the timeframe is," Redmond said. "No surgery, so that's great. When you talking about surgery, that is season-ending."
1B Logan Morrison, who sat out the previous three games with a sore back, returned to the lineup Monday. He went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
"It's crazy to know how baseball is. To have a no-hitter into the sixth and it turns out like this."—RF Giancarlo Stanton, after the Marlins went hitless through five innings before beating the Diamondbacks 3-2 Monday thanks to two Stanton homers.
1B Logan Morrison (back) sat out his third straight game June 16. He was back in the lineup June 17.
1B Casey Kotchman (left oblique strain) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 9.
CF Chris Coghlan (lower back strain) went on the 15-day disabled list June 9. He won't need surgery, but there is no timetable for his return.
RHP Alex Sanabia (aggravated right groin muscle) went on the 15-day disabled list May 27.
RHP Nathan Eovaldi (right shoulder inflammation) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 24, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on April 18. He began a rehab assignment with Class A Jupiter on May 25, and he made rehab starts for Double-A Jacksonville on June 4, June 9 and June 13. He will be activated to start June 18.
LF Matt Diaz (left knee bone contusion) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 19.
INF Chris Valaika (broken left wrist) went on the 15-day disabled list May 8. He had two pins surgically inserted into his wrist May 10.
RHP Henderson Alvarez (right shoulder inflammation) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 27, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on May 7. He began a rehab assignment with Class A Jupiter on June 13, and he'll pitch for Jupiter again June 18.
RHP Jose Ceda (Tommy John surgery in April 2012) went on the 60-day disabled list March 31 after suffering a setback in spring training.
OF Alfredo Silverio (Tommy John surgery in May 2012) went on the 60-day disabled list March 31.
RHP Ricky Nolasco
RHP Jose Fernandez
RHP Tom Koehler
RHP Jacob Turner
RHP Nate Eovaldi
RHP Steve Cishek (closer)
RHP Ryan Webb
LHP Mike Dunn
RHP A.J. Ramos
RHP Chad Qualls
LHP Dan Jennings
RHP Kevin Slowey
1B Logan Morrison
2B Derek Dietrich
SS Adeiny Hechavarria
3B Placido Polanco
INF Ed Lucas
INF Greg Dobbs
INF Jordan Brown
LF Juan Pierre
CF Marcell Ozuna
RF Giancarlo Stanton
OF Justin Ruggiano