NEW YORK -- When Justin Ruggiano walked off the field with a sprained right shoulder on Friday night, the Marlins front office began scrambling.
A phone call was quickly made to Scott Cousins, who was sitting on his couch at his home in the San Francisco area.
About 6:30 p.m. PT, Cousins heard he was being recalled. The left-handed hitting outfielder, who finished up with Triple-A New Orleans three weeks earlier, made a 11 p.m. flight to New York.
"I got on a plane at 11," Cousins said. "No sleep. I tried. I think I might have gotten 15 or 20 minutes on the plane. I came straight here."
The Marlins outfield is thin with Ruggiano, Giancarlo Stanton (left intercostal injury) and Austin Kearns (back) all unavailable on Saturday.
"I was three weeks into my offseason," Cousins said. "I took about two weeks doing nothing. Just this week I started on baseball stuff again. I don't know how it worked out so well. I had just literally gotten home after working out on the field, hitting and running. That's when I got a call."