Adeiny Hechavarria has been out of the lineup since Saturday, and the Marlins decided before Wednesday night's contest against the Phillies that the best option was a stint on the 15-day disabled list. Hechavarria has been plagued by a elbow stifness since the beginning of last year.
Hechavarria was billed as a good-glove, no-hit shortstop when he defected from Cuba and his bat has lived up to the sub par billing with a .243 batting average and .595 OPS in 261 games. However, his defense has also rated poorly according to Ultimate Zone Rating, which pegs him as 9.1 runs below average per 150 games at shortstop.
Ed Lucas will see most of the time at shortstop, but the Marlins added infield depth by recalling Donovan Solano in the corresponding roster move. Hechavarria hasn't played since last Friday, and because of the already extended absence, the Marlins rightfully made the move.
Hechavarria had started 72 of Miami's 73 games prior to the injury. He is hitting .272 with 10 doubles, three triples and 17 RBI. His .976 fielding percentage ranked seventh among National League shortstops.
Hechavarria's bat had been coming to life before he went down, and Solano has batted a mere .196 with Miami this season. Miami has limited depth at shortstop, and is without a veteran with shortstop experience after losing Rafael Furcal.
Miami has taken a consistent approach with injuries this season, not wasting time before making a decision. Christian Yelich was quickly placed on the disabled list, as was Furcal.
The Marlins' starting shortstop had been hitting well in the two spot, but had struggled hitting eighth for most of the season. As is the case with Yelich, the Marlins are hopeful Hechavarria will be healthy as soon as he is eligible to be activated.