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Miami Marlins morning news: Adeiny Hechavarria back in lineup

Hechavarria returned Thursday after suffering from a sore shoulder. Plus links on Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Michael Morse.

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Marlins News

Adeiny Hechavarria was bothered by shoulder soreness earlier in the week, but he was in the lineup during Thursday's 7-6 loss to the Twins in Fort Myers. According to's Joe Frisaro, he went 1-for-2 while posting a double.

On Thursday, he lined a Phil Hughes pitch into the left-field corner for a double in the second inning. He also turned two smooth double plays with Gordon, both a 6-4-3 and a 4-6-3, and made another clean play on a ground ball.

Miami approached the situation with caution this early in the spring, wanting to give its starting shortstop plenty of time to recover.

When the Marlins opted to acquire Jarred Cosart last summer, they were confident he would be a solid addition to their roster. Cosart proved to be just that in 2014, and is going to rely more on his changeup throughout 2015.

While Hechavarria is known for making highlight-reel type defensive plays on a nightly basis, Marcell Ozuna has established himself as a plus defensive center fielder. Ozuna is a natural right fielder, but Giancarlo Stanton will not be moved any time soon.

Henderson Alvarez is known for his unique delivery, and is expected to anchor the Marlins' rotation until Jose Fernandez returns in June or July. Alvarez opposed Matt Harvey on Wednesday and allowed two runs in 2.2 innings pitched.

Dee Gordon will likely serve as the Marlins' leadoff hitter, and is hoping to improve his bunting skills this spring. Gordon will be charged with the task of getting on base in front of Stanton.

Don Kelly wants to win a bench spot with Miami, however the club has several utility infielders in camp. Donovan Solano, Derek Dietrich, and Miguel Rojas are all also competing for a roster spot.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia is a more productive left-handed hitter. Would batting exclusively from the left side of the plate be beneficial?

A lot has to go right for the Marlins to make the playoffs in 2015. Michael Morse proving to be consistent offensively is among them.

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