|Marlins put struggling Julio on DL|
|Written by Admin|
|Wednesday, 18 April 2007 12:10|
The Florida Marlins shut down their struggling former closer, citing a strained right calf not previously disclosed. Manager Fredi Gonzalez said Julio hurt himself covering first base on a grounder Tuesday at Houston.
Julio stayed in the game and took the loss, giving up six runs in one-plus inning to hike his ERA to 19.06. He has allowed 15 hits and 11 walks in 5 2-3 innings.
Julio was placed on the 15-day DL.
``It may or may not be something that'll help him,'' Gonzalez said. ``When he comes back, we'll figure out where he's at.''
The Marlins also placed rookie center fielder Alejandro De Aza on the disabled list with a sprained right ankle, retroactive to Monday. Alfredo Amezaga or Cody Ross will replace De Aza in the lineup, Gonzalez said, and outfielder Eric Reed was recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque.
Julio, acquired in a March trade with Arizona, has the Marlins' third-highest salary at $3.6 million. He lost the closer's job last week after blowing two saves and has since been equally ineffective pitching in the middle innings.
``I feel a lot for him,'' Gonzalez said. ``He's a great kid. I pull maybe a little extra hard for him to be successful, just for his own personal demons or whatever you want to call it.''
Gonzalez said he's on the verge of choosing a new closer but declined to identify the front-runner. The leading candidates are rookie right-hander Henry Owens, who earned his first save last week, and left-hander Taylor Tankersley.
Right-hander Lee Gardner was recalled from Albuquerque to take Julio's spot on the roster.