MIAMI -- The Marlins are getting close to making a roster decision with Christian Yelich.
The 22-year-old left fielder, who exited after the first inning on Friday because of a low back strain, is not yet ready to resume baseball activities.
Manager Mike Redmond said the hope was that Yelich would need just a day or two of rest. But Yelich was still experiencing discomfort and was not available Sunday.
Reed Johnson has been filling in for Yelich in left field.
"We have to decide something today or tomorrow," Redmond said before Sunday's series finale with the Pirates.
If Yelich is headed to the disabled list, Jake Marisnick is the likely candidate to get called up from Triple-A New Orleans.
Marisnick and Yelich, close friends, made their MLB debut together last July.
Marisnick, a natural center fielder, can play all three outfield spots. To keep the continuity of the outfield, Marcell Ozuna would most likely remain in center field, although that could change.
In Marisnick's favor is that he is already on the 40-man roster, and he has previous big league experience.
At New Orleans, Marisnick is batting .264 with 11 doubles, three triples, six homers and 27 RBIs.
Yelich is batting .259 with six homers and 24 RBIs, and his 41 runs scored were second on the team to Giancarlo Stanton's 48.
Marlins bring in Dyson to bolster bullpen
MIAMI -- A worn out Marlins bullpen is getting some immediate relief.
On Sunday morning, the Marlins recalled right-hander Sam Dyson from Triple-A New Orleans. To make the roster move, Nathan Eovaldi was placed on paternity leave.
Eovaldi started on Friday night against the Pirates, and he is still scheduled to pitch on Wednesday against the Cubs.
Players on paternity are given a minimum of one day and a maximum of three.
In the days leading up to the start, the team had been weighing fallback options in case Eovaldi's wife went into labor. They were not needed, as the right-hander faced the Pirates in a game Miami lost, 8-6, in 13 innings.
Before heading to the airport on Sunday, Eovaldi threw a bullpen session at Marlins Park.
Late Sunday morning, he headed to his home in Texas to be with his wife, Rebekah, who was scheduled to have labor induced later in the day.
"The plan for him is to make his next start," manager Mike Redmond said.
After the bullpen picked up five innings on Saturday, and 8 1/3 innings on Friday, the team is in need of a fresh arm.
Dyson, 26, pitched in five games for Miami last year. He is on the 40-man roster and offers versatility because he can pitch multiple innings, and even spot start.
Redmond joked about the timing of the roster moves, which brought in Dyson for a few days that Eovaldi wasn't scheduled to pitch.
"If we could just plan these guys' babies on when we need a fresh arm, we'll be in business," Redmond said. "It does give us a fresh arm down there when we do need it. Our bullpen has pitched a lot of innings. More importantly, we want him to enjoy the birth of his baby."
In 20 1/3 innings with New Orleans, Dyson has a 2.66 ERA with 15 strikeouts and seven walks. He last threw on June 9.
Previously pitching in the big leagues gave him a taste of what to expect.
"You get your feet wet and get some experience, and figure out what you have to do better," Dyson said.
Earlier in the season at New Orleans, Dyson was involved in an altercation with teammate Chris Hatcher, who also is with Miami now. Dyson sustained a broken jaw that required surgery on May 1.
"Everything is fine," Dyson said. "It was two months ago. It's definitely past us. We're just looking to help the team win and do what we have to do. That's the main goal."
Father's Day special for Marlins coaches, Eovaldi
MIAMI -- For many on the Marlins, Father's Day greetings were exchanged well before they got to the ballpark to face the Pirates on Sunday afternoon.
For third-base coach Brett Butler, the day was special for a couple of reasons. Butler is a father of four and a grandfather. On Sunday, he also celebrated his 57th birthday.
For pitcher Nathan Eovaldi, the day was memorable because he was becoming a father for the first time.
Eovaldi on Sunday was placed on MLB's paternity leave. He returned to his home in Texas to be with his wife, Rebekah, who was having labor induced later in the day.
For manager Mike Redmond, the day was one on which to appreciate fathers everywhere.
A father of two sons, Redmond also reflects on his own father, Pat Sr., who died in 2000.
"This is a big day," Redmond said. "Being a father myself, I understand how special it is. To get that call from the kids is neat.
"I still miss him a lot. Father's Day is always kind of a bittersweet day for me. I know he's up there still watching. I miss being able to talk to him. For all these guys, I know how important fathers are in their lives. I think we're all living our fathers' dreams playing in the big leagues. I wish everyone out there a Happy Father's Day."
Butler takes his responsibility as a parent seriously.
"I think what we have to do is just step back and appreciate our fathers and what they represent," he said. "For one, they give us structure. And two, they set an example for us to go forward and to be able to raise our family the proper way. "Whenever Father's Day comes around, it gives me a reminder that I want to be a good example to my son. I want to be a good example to my girls."
• Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, placed on the seven-day concussion disabled list on June 1, is set to be transferred to the 15-day DL. But the time he has already missed will count toward his possible return. On Monday, the 29-year-old catcher is expected to begin playing for Class A Jupiter. The Marlins do not anticipate he will need many games before he is reinstated.