Giancarlo Stanton had just finished talking to reporters Tuesday afternoon about being placed on the 15-day disabled list when a 22-year-old kid showed up at his locker, sidling up a little cautiously as he approached, not asking for the Miami slugger’s autograph but, more or less, for his blessing.
Giancarlo Stanton has a grade 2 hamstring strain that will keep him out of the Marlins lineup for at least a few weeks, and that's in a "best-case scenario." Stanton underwent a MRI on Tuesday, one day after pulling up lame while running the bases.
Marcell Ozuna isn't sure how long he's going to be up in the big leagues, but he's enjoyed the ride so far and he's going to try his best to make sure it doesn't end. The 22-year old Dominican outfielder, brought up from Double A Jacksonville to help fill the shoes of the injured Giancarlo Stanton (expected to be out around a month with a hamstring), already has his first memento. It's the ball he collected his first big league hit on in Tuesday's win over the Mets. Ozuna pulled it out of his locker Wednesday morning and showed it to reporters. Everyone on the team had signed it for him.
The Marlins got starting shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria back for the start of their 10-game trip Thursday in Philadelphia and waved goodbye to 34-year-old veteran Nick Green to make room.
Tom Koehler knows he mainly will be used by the Marlins in long relief, but he still could go one inning late in the game. So the right-hander is prepared for anything. "For me, I'm just going to try to go out there and throw until they tell me not to," Koehler said. "That's all I can do in the situation that I'm in, and hope for the best."
It was nothing personal for Marcell Ozuna, but the Marlins prospect was informed by his former Double-A teammates not to return. With a lot of talent and potential, he doesn't plan to head back down anytime soon. "'Don't come back,'" Ozuna said he was told. "Some people called and said for me to keep swinging, and that I'm doing well."
Around The League
The penalties were assessed on Thursday in the aftermath of Sunday's incident in Chicago involving umpire Tom Hallion and Rays pitchers David Price, Jeremy Hellickson and Matt Moore. Major League Baseball fined Hallion and each of the pitchers $1,000 for events that took place.
Bryce Harper left Wednesday night's game, a 2-0 win over the Braves, while dealing with the remnants of a contusion, but was optimistic that he'll be good to go for Thursday's series finale. X-rays taken Thursday were negative.
The Blue Jays placed Josh Johnson on the disabled list Thursday with right triceps inflammation.
Joba Chamberlain was placed on the 15-day disable list on Thursday with a right oblique strain.
Chase Headley said that he "loves playing in San Diego" and was flattered to hear that ownership wants to keep him long-term, but he doesn't want to negotiate an extension during the season.
At Fish Stripes
Triple-A New Orleans and high Class A Jupiter both picked up one-run wins and Adeiny Hechavarria looked great in his second rehab outing for Jupiter.
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Kevin Slowey threw a brilliant game last night, and that has brought to attention his strong season thus far. Has Slowey been lucky or unlucky in his performance thus far? Your answer to that depends on what statistic you monitor in Slowey's season.
The Miami Marlins have gotten a huge boost from non-roster invitee Kevin Slowey, as he has dominated in the early going. How does this season so far compare to his best year in the majors/
The Miami Marlins will get Adeiny Hechavarria back from the disabled list after he resolved his straining elbow issue. To make room, the Marlins will likely designated Nick Green for assignment.
The month of April for the Miami Marlins is over. Who were the best and worst of the Fish in this past month, and who would you take going forward?
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