NEW YORK -- The first wave of September callups walked into the Marlins' clubhouse on Thursday, offering some needed depth at a time the roster is on the mend.
Miami recalled relievers Brian Ellington and Nefi Ogando, as well as catcher Tomas Telis. Outfielder Destin Hood, a 26-year-old getting his first big league opportunity, had his contract selected from Triple-A New Orleans. To clear roster space, lefty reliever Raudel Lazo was designated for assignment.
Ellington worked one scoreless inning of relief in the Marlins' 6-4 win over the Mets at Citi Field.
The Marlins have been hit hard by injuries, but they've received some encouraging news on first baseman Justin Bour, who is in the disabled list with a right ankle sprain.
On Friday, Bour is scheduled to take at-bats in a simulated game at the Roger Dean Stadium complex in Jupiter, Fla. Wei-Yin Chen (left forearm sprain) will pitch.
Manager Don Mattingly said Bour could be reinstated as early as next week during Miami's homestand. Because rosters expand this month, Bour could be active as a pinch-hitter and continue to build up to playing first base regularly.
"As far as swinging the bat, and getting rid of [discomfort], right now he's feeling pretty good, and we're feeling pretty good," Mattingly said. "He's not having any problems with his recovery."
Chen could be back later in the month.
Ellington and Ogando give depth to the bullpen, and Telis can play first base and catch.
"Any time you have extra guys, it allows you to do some different things," Mattingly said. "For the most part, it protects you out in the bullpen."
Hood wasn't expected to get called up on Thursday, but after center fielder Marcell Ozuna bruised his left wrist in Wednesday's 5-2 loss to the Mets, the need for outfield depth was created.
"When you have guys banged up, that creates opportunities," Mattingly said. "It's great having Destin here. He's a guy, for me, who just loves to play. It was nice to see him in spring and hear him talk. To see the look on guys faces. To a player, it's the realization of a dream."
Hood, a second-round pick of the Nationals in the 2008 Draft, has an interesting story to reach the big leagues.
He attended St. Paul Episcopal High School in Mobile, Ala., and committed to play football at the University of Alabama for Nick Saban. He was high school teammates of former Crimson Tide players, A.J. McCarron and Mark Barron, both now in the NFL.
But Hood, whose father played baseball at Alabama A&M, always dreamed of playing baseball.
"At that point, all I knew was football," Hood said. "I didn't have any baseball scholarships. Football was my go-to to play baseball because I just couldn't go play baseball anywhere."
On Thursday, Hood's baseball dream came true.
Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.