Suns catcher called up to the majors

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The future just got brighter for one Jacksonville Sun.

Suns catcher J.T. Realmuto has been called up to the major league Miami Marlins. He was set to arrive in Miami before Sunday's game against the Atlanta Braves.

In 46 games with the Suns this season, Realmuto hit .301 with five homers and 39 runs batted in, along with 14 doubles and three triples, while slugging .503, good for second across the Southern League.

Coming into this season Realmuto was listed by Baseball America as the Marlins No. 10 prospect, as well as the "best defensive catcher" in the Miami organization.

Meanwhile, the Suns have added former major league star shortshop Miguel Tejada to their roster. The six-time All-Star and 2002 American League MVP has been placed on a minor league rehab assignment off the restricted list with Jacksonville.

Tejada is finishing a 105-game suspension he started serving last season after testing positive for an amphetamine, and the suspension ends on June 7.

The 40-year-old infielder was signed by the Marlins on May 19, and this will be his first game action of the 2014 season.


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