Dietrich Joins Suns on Major League Rehab Assignment

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By Roger Hoover / Jacksonville Suns

PENSACOLA, Fla. – The Miami Marlins announced a transaction that impacts their Double-A affiliate Jacksonville Suns roster prior to tonight’s game against the Pensacola Blue Wahoos at the Blue Wahoos Stadium at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Miami Marlins infielder Derek Dietrich has been placed on a major league rehab assignment with the Suns, and will join the ball club tonight in Pensacola. Dietrich was placed on the 15-day disabled list on August 23 (retroactive to August 19) with a right knee contusion. Dietrich has played in the majors all season for the Marlins, hitting .276 with four home runs and 32 runs batted in in 106 games played for the Marlins, mostly playing at second base or first base.

Dietrich showed off his juggling skills with the Suns in 2013. Photo Courtesy: The Florida Times-Union.

Dietrich has played for the Marlins in parts of four seasons since 2013, and is a career .248 hitter with 28 home runs and 96 RBI. Dietrich spent most of his 2013 season with the Jacksonville Suns, hitting .271 with 11 home runs and 38 RBI, his first season in the Miami organization after being acquired in a trade from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for shortstop Yunel Escobar on Dec. 4, 2012.

Dietrich, 27, is a native of Cleveland, Ohio, and played in college at Georgia Tech.

The Suns roster now stands at 25 active players, and a revised roster is attached.

The Suns open a series in Pensacola at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, when Suns left-hander Dillon Peters (3-0) is scheduled to face Wahoos right-hander Tyler Mahle (6-3). The Suns begin their final home series Thursday against Mobile with Mavericks Live Thirsty Thursday fueled by Budweiser, when fans 21 and over can purchase $1 12-oz. and $2 24-oz. beers adjacent to the new Budweiser Tiki Terrace, under the left-field video board, at the right-field bleachers, and behind section 115. The game is also presented by 95.1 WAPE and X102.9.

Tayron Guerrero Joins Suns

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By Roger Hoover / Jacksonville Suns

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Miami Marlins announced a pair of transactions that impact their Double-A affiliate Jacksonville Suns roster prior to tonight’s game against the Jackson Generals at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville at 7:05 p.m.

Outfielder Moises Sierra has been placed on the disabled list with left knee tendinitis. Sierra leads the Southern League with a .336 batting average, and he also has hit nine home runs and driven in 37 runs for the Suns this year. This is the second stint for Sierra on Jacksonville’s disabled list in the second half, he was on the disabled list from June 25 to July 7 with a right hamstring strain.

Additionally, right-handed pitcher Tayron Guerrero has been acquired by the Marlins in a trade with the San Diego Padres, and optioned to Jacksonville. Guerrero was acquired by the Marlins from San Diego along with right-handed pitcher Andrew Cashner, right-handed pitcher Colin Rea, and cash considerations in exchange for right-handed pitcher Carter Capps, right-handed pitcher (former Sun) Jarred Cosart, and first baseman Josh Naylor in a trade that was completed earlier today.

Guerrero has pitched at three different levels of the Padres organization this year. With Triple-A El Paso he had no wins or losses and a 6.00 ERA in 13 relief appearances. He also pitched in the major leagues with the Padres, making his major league debut on May 17 against the San Francisco Giants at Petco Park. Guerrero pitched two innings (eighth and ninth) where he allowed a run on a hit with a walk in a game the Giants won 5-1. He most recently pitched with Double-A San Antonio in the Texas League. With the Missions he was 0-3 with a 4.94 ERA in 19 games in relief. Guerrero is a member of the Marlins 40-man roster.

The Suns roster now stands at 25 active players, and a revised roster is attached.

The Suns continue their series with Jackson at 7:05 p.m. Friday, when Suns right-hander Jake Esch (10-7) is scheduled to face Generals left-hander Ryan Yarbrough (9-4). Fans are encouraged to show their Gators and Bulldogs pride on Florida-Georgia Night, when Red (or Blue) Shirt Friday means fans who wear red or blue in support military personnel may save $1 off a ticket at the box office or donate the $1 to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. The in-game soundtrack will feature Florida Georgia Line music, the Suns will wear red jerseys, and following the game are NAPA Family Fireworks presented by NAPA Auto Care Center. The game is also presented by Lite 96.1 WEJZ.

ABOUT THE SUNS: The Jacksonville Suns are beginning a new era of affordable family fun under new ownership in 2016. With a FUNdamentally Different promotional schedule and a new lineup of ticket packages for the upcoming season, there is a reason for everyone to get part of the action by calling the Suns at (904) 358-2846 or visiting www.jaxsuns.com.

Yefri Perez Returns to Suns

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Yefri Perez scoring for the Marlins Sunday in St. Louis.

Yefri Perez scoring for the Marlins Sunday in St. Louis.

By Roger Hoover / Jacksonville Suns

MOBILE, Ala. – The Miami Marlins announced a series of transactions that impact their Double-A affiliate Jacksonville Suns roster prior to tonight’s game against the Mobile BayBears Hank Aaron Stadium at 7:35 p.m. ET.

Yesterday left-handed pitcher Jo-Jo Reyes has been transferred from Jacksonville to Triple-A New Orleans. Reyes did not appear in a game for the Suns during his time on the Jacksonville roster. Reyes pitched in 25 games for the Zephyrs, going 1-1 with a 4.05 ERA with three saves in his 40 innings of work. Reyes also pitched in one game for the major league Marlins on June 29, allowing two runs on three hits during two innings of work against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park.

In a corresponding move, right-handed pitcher Chris Mazza has been returned to Jacksonville from his minor league rehab assignment and has been reinstated from the Suns disabled list. Mazza went on the disabled list on June 16 with right shoulder tendinitis. With the GCL Marlins he went 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA in four appearances and three starts. Earlier this season with the Suns he went 3-2 with a 3.67 ERA in 10 appearances and seven starts.

Additionally, outfielder Yefri Perez has been optioned from the major league Miami Marlins to Jacksonville. Perez did not get an at-bat with the Marlins in two games this weekend in St. Louis and one game in Philadelphia on Monday. Perez appeared as a pinch-runner Sunday against the Cardinals where he stole a base and also scored a run on a sacrifice fly. This season with the Suns, Perez, a 2016 Southern League Midseason All-Star, has hit .262 with a home run and 28 RBI, and leads the Southern League with 39 stolen bases.

In a corresponding move, catcher Sharif Othman has been placed on the disabled list, retroactive to July 18, with a left wrist contusion. Othman has played in 19 games for the Suns this year, hitting .161 with two RBI.

The Suns roster now stands at 25 active players, and a revised roster is attached.

The Suns and BayBears will start their series Wednesday with the first game of the five-game set at Hank Aaron Stadium at 7:35 p.m. ET. The Suns will start right-hander Hunter Adkins (1-5, 6.52) against Biloxi left-hander Cole Johnson (0-0, 0.00 ERA). Fans can listen to the game on the Suns Baseball Network, beginning at 7:20 p.m. ET with the pregame show “Suns On Deck” on FM 102.3 The Beach, the TuneIn Radio app, and www.jaxsuns.com.

The Suns open a 10-game homestand Tuesday, July 26, against Jackson. Community First Credit Union Two-for-Tuesday means 2-for-1 tickets for members using a CFCU credit or debit card. Fans can purchase $2 24-oz. Miller Lite and Coors Lite adjacent to the new Tiki Terrace and behind Section 115 on Miller Lite & Coors Lite 2sDay. Ketchup and Mustard will campaign in the GATE Condiment Election.

ABOUT THE SUNS: The Jacksonville Suns are beginning a new era of affordable family fun under new ownership in 2016. With a FUNdamentally Different promotional schedule and a new lineup of ticket packages for the upcoming season, there is a reason for everyone to get part of the action by calling the Suns at (904) 358-2846 or visiting www.jaxsuns.com.

Yefri Perez Called Up to Miami Marlins

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By Roger Hoover / Jacksonville Suns

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Miami Marlins announced a pair of transactions that impact their Double-A affiliate Jacksonville Suns roster prior to tonight’s game against the Pensacola Blue Wahoos at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville at 7:05 p.m.

Suns utility player Yefri Perez has been recalled from Jacksonville to the major league Miami Marlins. Perez, a 2016 Southern League Midseason All-Star, was hitting .262 with a home run and 28 RBI in 82 games played for the Suns this season. Perez leads the Southern League and is tied for second in all of Minor League Baseball with 39 stolen bases.

This is the second call-up for Perez to the majors this year, with the first being on July 3 when the joined the Marlins as the 26th man on the roster for the Fort Bragg Game, but he did not appear in the game.

In a corresponding move, infielder Garrett Weber has been transferred from Triple-A New Orleans to Jacksonville. Weber played in two games for the Zephyrs, going 3-for-6 with a triple. Weber has also played for the Suns this year, and in 20 games is hitting .200 with no home runs and four RBI.

The Suns roster now stands at 25 active players, and a revised roster is attached.

The Suns continue their series with Pensacola at 7:05 p.m. Friday, when right-hander Patrick Johnson (4-5) is scheduled to face Blue Wahoos right-hander Rookie Davis (6-3). NAPA Family Fireworks presented by NAPA Auto Care Center follow the game. The Suns will wear red jerseys to support the military on Red Shirt Friday. Fans who wear red can save $1 off a ticket at the box office or donate the $1 to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. The game is also presented by Gator Country 99.9 WGNE.

ABOUT THE SUNS: The Jacksonville Suns are beginning a new era of affordable family fun under new ownership in 2016. With a FUNdamentally Different promotional schedule and a new lineup of ticket packages for the upcoming season, there is a reason for everyone to get part of the action by calling the Suns at (904) 358-2846 or visiting www.jaxsuns.com.

Perez Joins Marlins for Fort Bragg Game

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Yefri Perez with the Suns in 2016. Photo Courtesy: Roger C. Hoover.

By Roger Hoover / Jacksonville Suns

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Miami Marlins announced a transaction that impacts their Double-A affiliate Jacksonville Suns roster prior to tonight’s game against the Tennessee Smokies at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville at 6:05 p.m.

Suns outfielder Yefri Perez has been selected from the Suns by the Miami Marlins and added to their 40-man roster, as well as added as the 26th man for tonight’s game between the Marlins and the Atlanta Braves at Fort Bragg at 8 p.m.

Perez, a 2016 Southern League Midseason All-Star, was hitting .257 with a home run and 27 RBI in 73 games played for the Suns. He also leads the Southern League and is second in all of Minor League Baseball with 37 stolen bases this year.

Sunday marks the first regular-season professional contest of any sport that will be played on an active military base. The location is Fort Bragg, the United States Army installation in North Carolina, and the new 12,500-seat ballpark, Fort Bragg Field, that will host the game.

The Fort Bragg Game was created in a joint effort by MLB and the MLB Players Association to honor our nation’s servicemen and servicewomen. The first game of its kind is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET on Sunday and will be broadcast nationally on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball, ESPN Radio and MLB.TV. Tickets are limited to military personnel.

Perez is the second Sun in 2016 to earn a call-up the major leagues, although left-handed pitcher Jarlin Garcia did not pitch in a game for the Marlins in mid-May.

The Suns roster now stands at 24 active players, and a revised roster is attached.

The Suns conclude their series with Tennessee at 6:05 p.m. Sunday, when right-hander Jake Esch (7-6) is scheduled to face Smokies right-hander Tyler Skulina (3-6). Gates open at 5 p.m. for Baptist Health Sunday Family FUNday, when kids and their families can play catch on the field before the game and hear a story read by a Suns player. Sunday’s game is also presented by Channel 4 The Local Station. Following the game, the Nimnicht Family of Dealerships presents the Independence Day Eve Fireworks show – the biggest fireworks show of the season!

ABOUT THE SUNS: The Jacksonville Suns are beginning a new era of affordable family fun under new ownership in 2016. With a FUNdamentally Different promotional schedule and a new lineup of ticket packages for the upcoming season, there is a reason for everyone to get part of the action by calling the Suns at (904) 358-2846 or visiting www.jaxsuns.com.

Flores to Jacksonville

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By Roger Hoover / Jacksonville Suns

PEARL, Miss. – The Miami Marlins announced a transaction that impacts their Double-A affiliate Jacksonville Suns roster prior to tonight’s game against the Mississippi Braves at the Trustmark Park at 6 p.m. ET.

Right-handed pitcher Kendry Flores has joined the Suns on a transfer of option from High-A Jupiter. Flores will start for the Suns tonight against the Braves in Mississippi.

Flores started 2016 in the Triple-A New Orleans rotation. With the Zephyrs he went 1-1 with a 2.59 ERA in six starts before he was promoted to the Marlins for their doubleheader with the Washington Nationals on Saturday May 14. Flores started Game Two where he worked three scoreless innings before he had to leave the game with a right shoulder strain, then was placed on the disabled list. Flores turned in five scoreless innings in his first start with High-A Jupiter at Bradenton on Monday June 20.

In 2015 Flores made nine starts for the Suns, going 3-3 with a 2.06 ERA in 56 and two-thirds innings of work. He was first promoted to the Marlins on May 27, and in his time with the Marlins in 2015 he was 1-2 with a 5.68 ERA in seven appearances and one start. Flores, 24, was acquired by the Marlins from San Francisco along with right-handed pitcher Luis Castillo in exchange for infielder Casey McGehee on December 20, 2014.

The Suns roster now stands at 25 active players, and a revised roster is attached.

The Suns and Braves will continue the series with the fourth game of the five-game set tonight at Trustmark Park at 6 p.m ET. Flores starts for the Suns, while Mississippi will start right-hander Lucas Sims (0-2, 1.84 ERA).  Fans can listen to the game on the Suns Baseball Network, beginning at 5:45 p.m. with the pregame show “Suns On Deck” on FM 102.3 The Beach, the TuneIn Radio app, and www.jaxsuns.com.

ABOUT THE SUNS: The Jacksonville Suns are beginning a new era of affordable family fun under new ownership in 2016. With a FUNdamentally Different promotional schedule and a new lineup of ticket packages for the upcoming season, there is a reason for everyone to get part of the action by calling the Suns at (904) 358-2846 or visiting www.jaxsuns.com.

Lazo Called Up from Suns to Miami Marlins

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By Roger Hoover / Jacksonville Suns

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Miami Marlins announced a transaction that impacts their Double-A affiliate Jacksonville Suns roster prior to tomorrow night’s game against the Mississippi Braves at Bragan Field at 7:05 p.m.

Left-handed relief pitcher Raudel Lazo has had his contract selected from Jacksonville and called up to the major league Miami Marlins. Lazo joins the Marlins today in Atlanta for their final game of their series with the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field that is currently underway.

Lazo is 3-2 with a 2.15 ERA in 18 relief appearances for the Suns this season. In 29 and a third innings pitched, Lazo has only allowed 11 runs (seven earned) on 29 hits with seven walks compared to 32 strikeouts.

Lazo is the third 2015 Sun to get a call-up directly from Jacksonville to Miami, joining right-handed pitcher Kyle Barraclough (August 7), and Kendry Flores (June 2) on that list. This if the first call-up to the major league level in Lazo’s career.

There is no corresponding move at this time.

The Suns roster now stands at 24 active players, and a revised roster is attached.

The Suns and Mississippi Braves will open up the final series of the year Thursday night from Bragan Field with a first pitch set for 7:05 p.m. ET. Suns will send out left-hander Chipper Smith (3-4, 4.35 ERA) while the Braves have yet to announce their starter.

Thursday night enjoy Buds for a Buck and 2-for-1 cocktails at the hottest spot in Jacksonville during the summer, as part of the FINAL Thursday Night Throwdown. Plus, all college students get $5 admission by showing their student ID at the Suns Box Office. Presented By Budweiser, Jameson, Jagermeister, Malibu Rum, Jim Beam, Buzz Magazine, Maverick’s, X102.9

Suns fans can also listen to Thursday’s game on the Suns Baseball Network, 600 AM & 100.3 FM “The Answer” or through http://www.jaxsuns.com, MiLB.com, or the TuneIn radio app, coverage will start with the Memorial Hospital Suns Pregame Show beginning at 6:50 p.m. ET.

The 2015 season of Suns baseball is presented by EverBank, the official banking partner of the Jacksonville Suns. Sponsorships, group outings, and season/individual game tickets are currently available by calling the Suns front office at (904) 358-2846.

Othman to Disabled List / Hoo to Jacksonville

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Sharif Othman has been placed on the disabled list. Photo Courtesy: Roger C. Hoover

By Roger Hoover / Jacksonville Suns

KODAK, Tenn. – The Miami Marlins announced a pair of transactions that impact their Double-A affiliate Jacksonville Suns roster prior to tonight’s game against the Tennessee Smokies at Smokies Stadium at 5:05 p.m.

Catcher Sharif Othman has been placed on the disabled list, retroactive to August 28, with a lower back strain. Othman, a 2015 Southern League Midseason All-Star, was hitting .238 with three homers and 28 RBI in 83 games played this season.

In a corresponding move, catcher Chris Hoo has been transferred from High-A Jupiter to Jacksonville. Hoo has spent all of 2015 with the Hammerheads, hitting .201 with two home runs and 14 RBI in 86 games played. Hoo was selected by the Marlins in the 27th round of the 2014 draft from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

This is the first call-up to Double-A for Hoo, and he becomes the first member of the 2014 Marlins draft class to reach this level.

The Suns roster now stands at 25 active players, and a revised roster is attached.

The Suns and Smokies will continue their series Sunday night from Smokies Stadium with a first pitch set for 5:05 p.m. ET. The Suns will send out left-hander Jarlin Garcia (0-2, 5.84 ERA) while the Smokies will counter with righty Felix Pena (5-8, 3.97 ERA).

Suns fans can also listen to Sunday’s game on the Suns Baseball Network, 1600 AM & 102.3 FM “The Beach” or through www.jaxsuns.com, MiLB.com, or the TuneIn radio app, coverage will start with a special 
“Suns Sunday” edition of the Memorial Hospital Suns Pregame Show beginning at 4:35 p.m. ET.

The 2015 season of Suns baseball is presented by EverBank, the official banking partner of the Jacksonville Suns. Sponsorships, group outings, and season/individual game tickets are currently available by calling the Suns front office at (904) 358-2846.

Suns Roster Moves – August 27, 2015

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Lay Batista has been placed on the disabled list. Photo Courtesy: Jacksonville Suns

By Roger Hoover / Jacksonville Suns

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Miami Marlins announced a series of transactions that impact their Double-A affiliate Jacksonville Suns roster prior to tonight’s game against the Birmingham Barons at Regions Field at 8:05 p.m. ET.

Right-handed relief pitcher Lay Batista has been placed on the disabled list with right shoulder tendinitis. Batista is 0-2 with a 4.18 ERA in 19 relief appearances for the Suns this season.

In a corresponding move, right-handed relief pitcher Josh Hodges has been reinstated from Jacksonville’s disabled list to the active roster. Hodges was placed on the disabled list on July 30 with right biceps tendinitis. Hodges with Jacksonville this year is 1-1 with a 4.70 ERA in five appearances and three starts.

Additionally, right-handed pitcher Esmerling De La Rosa has been transferred from Jacksonville to High-A Jupiter. De La Rosa made one relief appearance for the Suns on August 25, pitching two and a third innings against the Birmingham Barons where he allowed only one run on four hits with a walk and a strikeout. De La Rosa with the Hammerheads this season is 6-4 with a 2.89 ERA in 33 relief appearances.

In a corresponding move, right-handed relief pitcher C.J. Robinson has been transferred from High-A Jupiter to Jacksonville. This is the third stint for Robinson with the Suns in 2015, where he has no wins or losses and a 3.18 ERA in two appearances and five and two-thirds innings pitched. Robinson with Jupiter has no wins or losses and a 2.72 ERA in 31 relief appearances and one start.

The Suns roster now stands at 25 active players, and a revised roster is attached.

The Suns and Barons will square off in their series finale Thursday night with a first pitch set for 8:05 p.m. ET from Regions field. The Suns will send out right-hander Austin Brice (5-8, 4.88 ERA) while the Barons will counter with righty Frankie Montas (5-4, 2.49 ERA).

Suns fans can also listen to Thursday’s game on the Suns Baseball Network, 600 AM & 100.3 FM “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 7:50 p.m. ET.

The 2015 season of Suns baseball is presented by EverBank, the official banking partner of the Jacksonville Suns. Sponsorships, group outings, and season/individual game tickets are currently available by calling the Suns front office at (904) 358-2846.

De La Rosa to Jacksonville

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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 Regions Field at 8:05 p.m. ET.

Right-handed relief pitcher Esmerling De La Rosa has been transferred from High-A Jupiter to Jacksonville. De La Rosa with the Hammerheads this season was 6-4 with a 2.89 ERA in 33 relief appearances with a pair of saves. At the time of his promotion, De La Rosa had the third lowest batting average allowed (.215) among FSL relievers, and also allowed the third-fewest baserunners per nine innings (10.19) in the league.

De La Rosa, a native of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, was signed by the Marlins as an international free agent in 2009, and this is the first call-up to the Double-A level in his career.

The Suns roster now stands at 25 active players, and a revised roster is attached.

The Suns and Barons continue their series Tuesday night with a first pitch set for 8:05 p.m. ET from Regions Field. The Suns will start left-hander Alex Burgos (1-1, 1.00 ERA) while the Barons will counter with righty Mark Blackmar (5-6, 3.55 ERA).

Suns fans can also listen to Tuesday’s game on the Suns Baseball Network, 600 AM & 100.3 FM “The Answer” or through http://www.jaxsuns.com, MiLB.com, or the TuneIn radio app, coverage will start with the Memorial Hospital Suns Pregame Show beginning at 7:50 p.m. ET.

The 2015 season of Suns baseball is presented by EverBank, the official banking partner of the Jacksonville Suns. Sponsorships, group outings, and season/individual game tickets are currently available by calling the Suns front office at (904) 358-2846.