By Roger Hoover / Jacksonville Suns
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Miami Marlins announced a transaction that impacts their Double-A affiliate Jacksonville Suns roster prior to tonight’s game against the Birmingham Barons at 7:30 p.m. ET at Regions Field.
Miami Marlins catcher Jeff Mathis joins the Suns on a transfer of Major League rehab assignment from the Triple-A New Orleans Zephyrs. Mathis played in four games with the Zephyrs, going 0-for-10 at the plate with a pair of strikeouts.
Mathis broke his right ring finger near the knuckle on April 12 when he was hit on his throwing hand off a foul tip from Tampa Bay’s Tim Beckham. He was placed on the disabled list the following day, and he began his rehab assignment with New Orleans on Sunday May 24.
This season Mathis had played in three games for the Marlins, going 0-for-5 at the plate with a walk and three strikeouts. Mathis was acquired by the Marlins in a November 2012 trade from the Toronto Blue Jays, in a deal that also sent former Jacksonville Suns Justin Nicolino, Anthony DeSclafani, and Jake Marisnick to the Miami organization.
In his first year as a Marlin in 2013, Mathis had a rehab assignment with the Suns in early May when he was recovering from a broken collarbone. In those three games with Jacksonville, Mathis hit .273 (3-for-11) with a home run and six runs batted in.
Mathis is an 11-year major league veteran, known for being an excellent defensive catcher. A native of Marianna, Florida, Mathis was a first round selection (33rd overall pick) by the Anaheim Angels in 2001. Mathis made his major league debut in 2005, and has caught in the majors ever since with the Angels (2005-2011), Blue Jays (2012), and Marlins (2013-present). He is a career .195 hitter in the majors with 41 home runs and 207 RBI.
The Suns roster now stands at 25 active players plus Mathis on his rehab assignment, and a revised roster is attached.
The Suns and Barons will square off once again Saturday with a first pitch set for 7:30 p.m. ET. The Suns will send out righty Trevor Williams (1-6, 5.40 ERA) while the Barons will counter with right-hander Frankie Montas (0-1, 3.60 ERA). Suns fans can also listen to Saturday’s game on the Suns Baseball Network, 100.3 FM & 600 AM “The Answer” or through www.jaxsuns.com, MiLB.com, or the TuneIn radio app, coverage will start with the Memorial Hospital Suns Pregame Show beginning at 7:15 p.m. ET
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