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Fish Bites: Marcell Ozuna making progress, hopes to return next season

Outfielder Marcell Ozuna, who was placed on the disabled list with a thumb injury, is moving past the injury and is hopeful he will be prepared for the start of next season. Plus links on Jose Fernandez, Rob Brantly and Andrew Heaney.

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-Left-hander Bryan Flynn dominating for Marlins’ Class AAA team |

Left-hander Bryan Flynn has been dominant on the mount since being promoted to Triple-A.

-Marlins Way: Miami Marlins Have Serious Chance to Beat Last Season's Record - Marlin Maniac - A Miami Marlins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

With 54 games remaining after last night’s win, the Marlins would need to play .500 ball the rest of the season to reach 70 wins, one more win than last season.

-Juan Pierre named Marlins winner of Heart and Hustle Award | Fish Tank blog: Miami Marlins | The Palm Beach Post

Outfielder Juan Pierre was named the Marlins winner of the Heart and Hustle Award by the baseball’s alumni association. Pierre’s charity, Beast Mode for Christ, works to highlight the relationship between players and their faith. The award will being presented by Hall of Famer Andre Dawson, who works for the Marlins as a special assistant to the president.

-Hey rookie! Miami Marlins interim hitting coach John Pierson,... |

Pitcher Jose Fernandez may be getting the most attention among the Marlins’ rookies, but Miami has another newcomer to the majors who stands out for a different reason. Interim hitting coach John Pierson looks more like a grandfather than somebody who just a week ago got his first call-up to the big leagues. Pierson, 59, was summoned when Miami scrambled to fill the job vacated when Tino Martinez resigned because of allegations of player abuse.

-Chris Coghlan making progress for Miami Marlins - Miami Marlins -

Marlins outfielder Chris Coghlan roamed through the team’s clubhouse on Friday, and in about a month he might be roaming the infield of Marlins Park. Coghlan, placed on the disabled list in early June, has been battling a right calf injury for the last half of the season.

-Miami Marlins’ Jose Fernandez making case for NL Rookie of Year honor - Miami Marlins -

The Marlins have had three players — Dontrelle Willis, Hanley Ramirez and Chris Coghlan — capture National League Rookie of the Year honors. In Jose Fernandez, they believe they have a fourth in the making.

-Andrew Heaney extends scoreless innings streak in Double A debut | Fish Bytes

The next rung up the ladder proved no more difficult than the one below it for Marlins prospect Andrew Heaney, who turned in six scoreless innings in his debut Thursday night for Double A Jacksonville. (Read story here.) Heaney, the Marlins' first-round draft pick in 2012, extended his streak of consecutive scoreless innings to 33 consecutive with Thursday's performance. The left-hander closed out his stay at Single A Jupiter on a 27-inning scoreless streak before receiving his promotion papers on Wednesday.

-After rough night behind the plate -- and at it -- Rob Brantly remains upbeat | Fish Bytes

The catcher didn’t necessarily stay within himself earlier in the game, and his up-and-down play ultimately benefitted Cleveland’s offense. The Indians stole six bases, and he said their aggression on the basepaths led him to be "a little overaggressive" in return. "That was good, hard baseball," Brantly said. "The anticipation of their aggression got me a little over-amped, and that ended up costing us a little bit."

-Ozuna moving past injury, eyeing next year | News

Although Marcell Ozuna's season ended prematurely because of injury, he aims to make up for lost time playing winter ball in the Dominican Republic. "I'm playing winter ball so I can get ready for next season and Spring Training," Ozuna said. "Then, I can make the team."

-Marlins eye postseason honors for Fernandez | News

From 2003-09, three Marlins captured National League Rookie of the Year honors. The organization is hoping to add to the list in 2013. Jose Fernandez, the team's dominating right-hander, is making a case to receive serious consideration. It is hard to overlook what Fernandez has been doing, especially of late. On Friday night, two days after turning 21, Fernandez struck out 14 while scattering three hits over eight scoreless innings in Miami's 10-0 win over the Indians. In his prior outing, he struck out 13 Pirates.

-Redmond eager for MLB to move past PED talk | News

One positive Redmond has seen from the process is the tenacity of the players in disciplining the users. Closer Steve Cishek, Miami's union player representative, said on Tuesday that the players want "a level playing field." Cishek believes the threat of suspension will deter future use of PEDs. "I think the good thing is that the players, they're mad," Redmond said. "They're getting tired of it, and they should." But current players are not the only ones concerned by the issue. Redmond, a former MLB catcher, is also eager to see the abuse of PEDs end.

-Young Marlins learning how to win | News

The Marlins began Sunday 22 games out of first place and with four rookies playing the field. But they aren't simply angling to earn some experience during the season's final two months. They want to win.

Around The League

-Alex Rodriguez makes strides as rehab stint at Double-A Trenton ends | News

For every bit as compelling as the start to Alex Rodriguez's latest rehab stint at Double-A Trenton was Friday -- complete with a sellout crowd, an overflowing press box and punctuated with a home run -- his follow up on Saturday was that much more subdued.

-CarGo returns to lineup with slightly altered swing | News

All isn't perfect with the chronically sprained right middle finger of Rockies left fielder Carlos Gonzalez, but he was back in the lineup Sunday against the Pirates, hoping new hand positioning on the bat will help.

-Cobb, Moore eyeing return in next homestand | News

Rays right-hander Alex Cobb appears to be on his way back to the starting rotation after he threw 4 1/3 innings in a rehab appearance for Class A Advanced Charlotte on Saturday. Like Cobb, Joe Maddon hopes to have Matt Moore return to the rotation after the road trip.

-Mattingly doesn't expect Puig to be out long | News

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said he believes outfielder Yasiel Puig will miss only one or two days with a bruised left thumb that he injured while making a diving catch on Saturday.

At Fish Stripes

-Miami Marlins Daily Minor League Report: August 1 - Fish Stripes

Kyle Jensen had four hits in the Zephyr's win at home, Andrew Heaney was awesome in his Double-A debut, Angel Sanchez continued to make his case for a promotion, and Felix Munoz had two home runs to earn Batavia a 3-2 win in Connecticut.

-Miami Marlins vs. Cleveland Indians: Jose Fernandez strikes out career-best 14 batters - Fish Stripes

Jose Fernandez pitched another career-best game, this time striking out 14 batters against the Cleveland Indians, one more than the career-high he set last week against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

-Miami Marlins prospects: Explaining Andrew Heaney's excellent 2013 season - Fish Stripes

Former 1st round pick Andrew Heaney has been making waves with his continued progression with Miami's High-A affiliate. What kind of pitcher is Andrew Heaney and what could be his future impact on the overall landscape of the Marlins rotation?

-Miami Marlins silent at trade deadline, excited about club future - Fish Stripes

Aside from trading Ricky Nolasco and minor league outfielder Gorkys Hernandez, the Marlins remained quiet as the July 31 trade deadline approached. The club reportedly received several calls on right fielder Giancarlo Stanton.

-Miami Marlins Daily Minor League Report: August 2 - Fish Stripes

All six Miami Marlins affiliates won their games, largely due to strong pitching performances from Brian Flynn, Anthony DeSclafani, Austin Brice, and Trevor Williams.