Donovan Solano began the season as the starting second baseman, a position he held until going on the disabled in early May. It took a while, but Solano has his old job back. A byproduct of the Marlins promoting Christian Yelich and Jake Marisnick and sending out Marcell Ozuna and Derek Dietrich is a spike in Solano's playing time. He'll get most of the starts at second, a spot Dietrich began manning shortly after Solano's oblique injury.
Marlins rookie outfielder Marcell Ozuna underwent surgery today to repair the torn ligament and avulsion fracture in his left thumb and will miss the rest of the season. Ozuna was injured Monday in Colorado while making a diving catch in the sixth inning of the Marlins’ 3-1 win. His glove and hand bent backward. Ozuna played the rest of the game. General manager Michael Hill said "everything went well" in surgery and the Marlins continue to say the recovery period will be six to eight weeks.
Playing in his first game back home since being traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates nearly a year ago, Miami native Gaby Sanchez received a surprise gift from Marlins President David Samson on Friday — a suite for his family and friends to watch the game.
Marlins hitting coach Tino Martinez was poised to resign after a player notified the team Martinez erupted in anger unjustly and grabbed him by his neck and neck chain, according to multiple sources. But sources said team owner Jeffrey Loria, who made the decision to hire Martinez, nixed the idea, at least for now. According to two sources, the agent for rookie second baseman Derek Dietrich, who was demoted last week to the minors, contacted team officials about the alleged incident, which occurred several months ago.
It's not often you see a starting pitcher hit 98 on the radar gun for a strike. Henderson Alvarez, though, is one of those guys that can. The 23-year old right-hander from Venezuela did so a couple times Friday night including when he blew a heater past Pirates first baseman Gaby Sanchez in the second inning.
Although he was taken 13 picks after him, Marlins 20-year old rookie Jose Fernandez said he isn't looking toward Sunday's start opposite Pirates' 2011 No. 1 overall pick Gerrit Cole as anything extra special. Ditto for Cole. "I think it's just another game," Cole, 22, said prior to Saturday's game at Marlins Park. "I'm pretty sure he'll probably treat it the same way. I didn't even realize I was facing him until somebody mentioned it a little while ago."
Christian Yelich already possesses a picturesque swing, a plan at the plate and immense confidence. The Marlins' 22-year-old outfielder also has the benefit of batting second, just ahead of slugger Giancarlo Stanton. "He's a great hitter, one of the best hitters in the game," Yelich said. "It definitely doesn't hurt hitting in front of a guy like that. That's going to be awesome."
Hechavarria made a sensational diving catch in the seventh inning, robbing Gaby Sanchez. And to cap the night, the shortstop completed a nifty, sliding play on Jose Tabata's sharp grounder for an out in the ninth. "For me, I think he's the best defensive shortstop I've seen this year," Marlins third-base coach Joe Espada said. "His first step is so good. He makes hard plays seem routine. We're getting a look of what a shortstop is supposed to look like." After Saturday's 7-4 loss to the Pirates, Marlins manager Mike Redmond said he wished Hechavarria would receive more recognition. "I just wish more people knew about him," Redmond said. "He deserves a lot more credit than he gets."
A month ago, Steven Ames was working his way toward making his big league debut with the Dodgers. Now, he is getting that opportunity with the Marlins. The 25-year-old was recalled by Miami on Sunday morning from Triple-A New Orleans. He fills the roster vacancy created when right-hander Kevin Slowey was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right forearm strain. The veteran Slowey felt discomfort while warming up in the third inning on Saturday night during the Marlins' 7-4 loss to the Pirates.
Producing on a consistent basis is difficult when you've missed prolonged periods of playing time. Logan Morrison is becoming well aware of this fact. A pair of right-knee surgeries have caused Morrison to miss substantial time since 2011. "I think when you have a lot of layoffs, it comes and goes," the Marlins first baseman said. "You've got to find it again. It takes a while to find it."
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For the second time this month, the Tigers had an issue with home-plate umpire Chad Fairchild. This time it cost them American League batting leader and reigning Triple Crown champion Miguel Cabrera, who was ejected from Sunday's game against the Phillies for arguing strikes.
Albert Pujols' plantar fasciitis finally became unmanageable. The Angels placed their ailing designated hitter on the 15-day disabled list on Sunday morning with what an MRI revealed was a partial tear of the inflamed ligament in the arch of his left foot.
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Andrew Heaney pitched six scoreless in Jupiter, Ryan Rieger had four hits including two homers in the same game, Scott Lyman got no run support in Charleston, Austin Dean homered in Batavia's win, and Michael Brady got his 16th save for Jacksonville.
Miami Marlins outfielder Marcell Ozuna placed on the 15-day disabled list on Thursday with an injured thumb. Ozuna could be out for the year, though if he was able to return after a procedure, he may be reinstated and sent to Double-A.
The Miami Marlins have been bashed all season for making rash promotions of their top prospects, but yesterday night's call-up of Christian Yelich and Jake Marisnick is actually a smart move on multiple fronts.
Miami Marlins hitting coach Tino Martinez resigns amid player abuse accusations - Fish Stripes
Miami Marlins hitting coach Tino Martinez has reportedly tendered his resignation over allegations by Marlins prospect Derek Dietrich of player abuse. John Pierson has been named the interim hitting coach. Here is all of Fish Stripes's coverage on the issue.