econd base has been a position of weakness for the Miami Marlins in 2014. This after they signed former shortstop Rafael Furcal to fortify the position in the off-season. Furcal has spent the majority of the season on the Disabled List with hamstring and other leg issues, forcing the Marlins to deploy the quartet of Derek Dietrich, Ed Lucas, Donovan Solano, and Jeff Baker.
The St. Louis Cardinals had Andrew Heaney seeing red on Saturday, blistering the rookie to the tune of five runs - including back-to-back homers -- in only 3 2/3 innings. Afterward, Heaney was seeing pink -- as in a pink slip.
Andrew Heaney is not the savior. The rookie left-hander was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans following the Marlins’ 6-5 victory over the Cardinals on Saturday after just four starts.
Watching Casey McGehee reach base 10 times, hit .538 and drive in four runs in a three-game series apparently wasn’t enough for Cardinals manager Mike Matheny. When it came down to picking a backup third baseman for the National League All-Star team, Matheny ignored the player who leads the NL in hits and average with runners in scoring position and took his own player.
Rookie left-hander Andrew Heaney, meanwhile, will now have to work his way back from the minors after a rough outing in Saturday's 6-5 Marlins win at Busch Stadium. Heaney and outfielder Jake Marisnick were optioned to Triple-A New Orleans after the game to make room on the roster for Hechavarria, who Manager Mike Redmond said should play Sunday coming off a right triceps strain, and right-hander Tom Koehler, set to start Monday at Arizona following paternity leave.
When Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton competes in this year’s All-Star Home Run Derby for the first time, he’ll have a familiar face throwing him batting practice: Mike Redmond. Stanton, who was officially announced as one of the National League’s five participants in the Derby during MLB’s 2014 All-Star Selection Show on Sunday night, said he asked the Marlins’ manager to throw to him in the July 14 contest at Target Field in Minneapolis, largely because Redmond has thrown him BP more than anyone on the Marlins’ coaching staff this season.
Andrew Heaney has made four big league starts, but the 23-year-old is the first to admit he needs improvement. Rather than watch their top prospect struggle, the Marlins on Saturday afternoon optioned Heaney to Triple-A New Orleans.
Wins keep piling up for the Marlins when Henderson Alvarez is on the mound. Sunday was no different. Alvarez gave up one run in seven innings, collected three hits and achieved a piece of club history in Miami's 8-4 win over the Cardinals at Busch Stadium.
Along with having immense raw power, Giancarlo Stanton also possesses plenty of star power. Fittingly, the 24-year-old will now stand among the stars. Stanton will represent the Marlins on the National League All-Star squad, which was announced on Sunday night.
All season, Casey McGehee has shown the ability to pick his teammates up. Now, if the Marlins third baseman is to get to the All-Star Game, he will need some fan support. Not part of the National League All-Star squad, which was announced on Sunday night, McGehee still can get to the Midsummer Classic with the NL Final Vote.
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Billy Beane isn’t going to rip everyone off. It isn’t 2002 anymore, and even if it was, Beane has never been a guy who needs to be clearly acing a trade in order to make it, no matter how Moneyball made it sound.
An MRI revealed that Edwin Encarnacion suffered a quadriceps strain while running to first base during the first inning of Saturday night's game in Oakland. There is no timetable for his return.
The AL and NL rosters for the July 15 Midsummer Classic were unveiled Sunday night, featuring 26 first-time All-Stars. Balloting for the final spot on both rosters -- the Final Vote -- has begun.
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The Miami Marlins optioned top pitching prospect Andrew Heaney and outfielder Jake Marisnick to Triple-A New Orleans after Saturday's 6-5 victory over St. Louis.
Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton will be the lone Marlins' All-Star representative, with Casey McGehee and Henderson Alvarez being excluded. Stanton will also participate in the home run derby.