MIAMI - Former Bulldog outfielder Kevin Mattison was called up to the major leagues for the second time this month by the Miami Marlins Wednesday evening.
He'll take the place of outfielder Austin Kearns who was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a hamstring injury.
"I found out after I got tagged out at home plate Wednesday night," stated Mattison on Thursday on his way to Marlins Park. "My manager (Ron Hassey) told me after I got to the dugout that I was coming out of the game. He told me why and I was OK with that."
Mattison, who played at UNC Asheville from 2005-08, was originally called up by Miami on May 10. He made his major league debut on May 12 against the New York Mets as a pinch-hitter. He grounded out to first in a 9-3 Marlins loss.
Mattison was then sent back to Miami's Triple A team, New Orleans, on May 14. He got the call late last night to return to Miami and should be in uniform for tonight's Marlins game with San Francisco.
"I am excited about being called up again," added Mattison. "Even though it was only about 10 days ago that I got sent down, it seemed like forever. I don't know how long I'll be here this time, but I'll do whatever the Marlins need me to do."
Mattison was hitting .252 with five home runs, nine doubles, 15 RBI and six stolen bases. He got off to a slow start with New Orleans but was hitting .386 in the last 10 games.
UNC Asheville now has two players playing in major league baseball right now and both could square off next week in Philadelphia. Former Bulldog great Ty Wigginton is with the Philadelphia Phillies this season. Wigginton has played at first base, second base and third base for the defending National League East champions. The Marlins and Phillies are scheduled to play the weekend of June 1-3.