06/11/08 10:51 PM EST
Marlins designate Jones, recall Andino
Veteran hit .108 with club; Willingham to rehab in Double-A
By Alden Gonzalez / MLB.com
After a 6-2 walk-off win against the Phillies on Wednesday, Florida designated Jones for assignment and recalled infielder Robert Andino from Triple-A Albuquerque. Andino will join the team in the series finale against the Phillies on Thursday.
The Marlins signed Jones to a Minor League contract on May 19 after the Tigers had released him six days earlier. The 33-year-old left-handed hitter was brought in to platoon with Cody Ross in center field, but Jones hit just .108 (4-for-37) with two RBIs in 18 games for the Fish.
Andino, a 24-year-old from Miami, hit .182 with two home runs and three RBIs in 21 games for the Marlins earlier this season. Adding Andino gives Florida another infielder, and allows Alfredo Amezaga to play more outfield.
A player designated has 10 days to clear waivers, which would make him eligible for free agency. After the game, Jones said he doesn't know if he will accept the Marlins' Minor League assignment but figures he will clear waivers.
"I knew coming in what the deal was," said Jones, aware that he had to perform to stay. "This is a good team. A good group of guys. I enjoyed it.
"They've got guys here who are hungry. They've got guys starting to throw the ball well. They've got a good situation going on."
The Marlins' outfield projects to get Josh Willingham, who is playing rehab assignments, back in about 10 days to two weeks. Willingham has been on the 15-day disabled list since May 2 with a lower back strain.
The outfielder went 0-for-4 with a walk in an extended spring rehab assignment on Wednesday, and he will join Double-A Carolina on Friday.
Another outfielder getting close to being called up is Cameron Maybin, who has gotten hot after a slow start with Carolina.
Alden Gonzalez is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.