The Miami Marlins have activated JT Riddle from the disabled listed and assigned him to Triple-A New Orleans.
The team made the announcement Wednesday.
Riddle, who played 70 games last season on the major-league roster, had his season cut short last year because of a shoulder injury. He came to spring training and dealt with shortness in his throwing shoulder, which was later revealed to be tendinitis. He began of the 2018 season on the disabled list.
Being assigned it to New Orleans, JT Riddle will have the option to you to work on his mechanics and get himself back into every day playing shape.
Riddle was brought up to the majors last year after the team traded Adeiny Hechavarria to the Tampa Bay Rays. Miguel Rojas has played in his place since the start of the season.
“Now, it’s a matter of him playing every day, and showing that he is able to sustain that pace – playing every day,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said.
Per MLB.com, in recent days, Riddle has been on rehab assignment, starting at Class A Advanced Jupiter before moving up to Double-A Jacksonville and New Orleans. In six rehab games, he’s hitting .286 with a .318 on-base percentage, plus two doubles and a home run.
“At this point, if we needed someone, he’s healthy,” Mattingly said.
The Miami Marlins have been one of MLB’s hottest teams of late, winning four of their last five games.
JT Riddle hit .250 with three home runs, 13 doubles, one triple and 31 RBI last season for the Marlins.
The news about Riddle wasn’t the only thing worth mentioning about the Marlins. Catcher/first baseman Tomas Telis has cleared waivers and was outrighted to New Orleans on Wednesday. Telis, designated for assignment on Saturday, appeared in 23 games for the Marlins, mostly as a pinch-hitter.
Telis was added to the Major League roster when J.T. Realmuto began the season on the disabled list with a back contusion. Telis went 2-for-16 in pinch-hit opportunities, and overall his average was .207 with a .258 on-base percentage.