Surprising Start for Kearns Halted, Marlins Opt for Speedy Replacement
The Miami Marlins have placed Austin Kearns on the disabled list with a tight right hamstring and have recalled center fielder Kevin Mattison according to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald:
#marlins expected to place of austin kearns on DL, recall of kevin mattison— clarkspencer (@clarkspencer) May 24, 2012
Kearns, 32, is in his twelfth season as a pro, his first with Miami. He was off to a hot start this season, going .375/.444/.646 through fifty-eight plate appearances. Kearns' early success was especially surprising compared to his career line of .256/.352/.420 and this season looks even better compared to his terrible 2011, when he went just .200/.302/.287 in fifty-seven games for the Cleveland Indians.
Mattison, 26, joins the club from AAA New Orleans, where he's hit .252/.320/.424, with thirty-eight hits, nine doubles, five home runs, and fifteen walks through 170 plate appearances. He's stolen six, but been caught six times.
Mattison has three years of minor league service time, and was drafted by the Marlins in the 28th round of the 2008 MLB Amateur Draft.