5/8/2013 9:32 P.M. ET
Valaika joins many more on Marlins' disabled list
By Joe Frisaro / MLB.com
SAN DIEGO -- Injuries are piling up at a rapid rate for the Marlins, who once again have placed a player on the disabled list.
The day after one second baseman headed on the DL, another went down.
Chris Valaika went on the disabled list Wednesday with a fractured left wrist. In Tuesday's 5-1 loss to the Padres, Valaika broke the tip of his left radius bone in the eighth inning.
Valaika went down the same day Donovan Solano headed to the disabled list with a strained left intercostal.
No team in the big leagues has had more players miss time on the disabled list than the Marlins. Entering Wednesday, Miami had lost a Major League-leading 309 days of player availability. The Yankees are second with 269 days.
In all, 12 different Marlins have served 13 stints on the DL. Joe Mahoney has been on the disabled list twice.
"It's been crazy," manager Mike Redmond said. "To see so many guys, at so many different positions, and we're not getting them back, which is the tough part. It's one thing to lose guys to injuries, but we're not getting them back on the field. Our pitchers have been down for months.
"We're hoping that eventually we're going to get some of these guys back. We've been piecing things together and playing shorthanded. I'm not going to sit here and feel sorry for myself or the team. Nobody is going to feel sorry for us. It is what it is. We've got to keep going out there and playing, and fighting and battling, and doing the best that we can."
On Wednesday, infielder Derek Dietrich was selected from Double-A Jacksonville to replace Valaika. Dietrich singled in his first Major League at-bat and finished 1-for-3 in a 1-0 loss to the Padres. Casey Kotchman was transferred to the 60-day disabled list to make roster move for Dietrich.
And Miami is waiting to see if starter Alex Sanabia is healthy. Sanabia was lifted in the fifth inning on Tuesday due to tightness in his right groin. He says he is better and doesn't expect to miss his next start. But that is unsure.
The team does have some off-days coming up, so Sanabia could be given extra rest to avoid a DL stint.
"I think he's going to be OK," Redmond said. "I haven't heard anything. They're going to evaluate him [Wednesday]. I haven't heard anything that would keep him from making his next start."
Pierre still going strong at 35 stealing bases
SAN DIEGO -- At age 35, Juan Pierre has no intention of slowing down, especially when he is on the bases.
Already on the road trip, the Marlins left fielder reached a milestone by stealing his 600th career base. He continues to be on the run.
With 12 stolen bases, he is tied with Boston's Jacoby Ellsbury for the most in the Major Leagues entering play on Wednesday. But in the Marlins' 1-0 win to the Padres, Pierre was thrown out trying to steal second by San Diego's Nick Hundley.
Pierre is no stranger to leading the league in steals. In 2010 with the White Sox, he swiped 68 bases, a career high.
During the Marlins' 2003 World Series championship season, Pierre swiped a franchise record 65 bases. And in 2001, Pierre and Jimmy Rollins of the Phillies tied for the most steals in the National League.
Can he pace the league in steals at age 35?
"When you get up in age, you don't usually see guys doing that," Pierre said.
An exception was Hall of Famer Rickey Henderson. In 1998, at 39, Henderson stole 66 bases.
Miami manager Mike Redmond is pulling for Pierre.
"I hope he wins it," Redmond said. "I know he doesn't care about that stuff, but I'm pulling for him. JP, this guy, his work ethic, and what he brings to this team is off the charts."
Pierre's work ethic is among the best in the game.
"It's impressive," Redmond said. "JP deserves everything he gets in this game. He's earned it. I didn't think he could ever keep that work ethic up. He's a special player, and a special guy."
Green back after five-day Minor League stint
SAN DIEGO -- Nick Green certainly understands what it is like to be on standby.
In the unpredictable world of a veteran utilty player, Green knows he could be coming or going at any time. Usually, transactions take a little longer than five days.
On Tuesday, the Marlins selected Green's contract five days after he was designated for assignment. The 34-year-old infielder was brought in because second baseman Donovan Solano was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left intercostal. He didn't play in Wednesday's 1-0 loss to the Padres.
"You never know what's going to happen," Green said. "But you certainly don't expect something to happen this fast, even though it's happened to me before."
When he was with the Yankees in 2006, from June 6-27, he was part of four transactions in 21 days.
"I got called up because [Derek] Jeter was hurt," Green said. "I was up for a week, and I got sent down for literally like three days, and Miguel Cairo got hurt. When Cairo got healthy, [Robinson] Cano got hurt."
Green opened the season at Triple-A New Orleans, but on April 18, he was brought up when shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria went on the disabled list with a bruised right elbow.
Green delivered a walk-off sacrifice fly on April 29 in a 5-4 win over the Mets in 15 innings.
"I'm glad everything is still fresh for me," Green said. "It's not like I've been gone for months."
Ana Sanchez named honorary bat girl
SAN DIEGO -- Mother's Day in Major League Baseball is a reminder of a worthy cause.
On Sunday, the league will celebrate the day by raising awareness for breast cancer.
Each of MLB's 30 teams will have an honorary bat girl. On Wednesday, Major League Baseball announced the winners of the 2013 Honorary Bat Girl Contest.
Selected to represent the Marlins is Ana Sanchez.
Diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010, Sanchez has undergone a partial mastectomy, chemotherapy and 33 rounds of radiation.
In October of 2010, TEAM ANA-LICIOUS was started in her honor. She continues to be active for the cause.
The Marlins will be playing the Dodgers in Los Angeles on Sunday.