JUPITER -- Adeiny Hechavarria wants to play. After being sidelined with shoulder soreness earlier this week, Miami's shortstop will make his second consecutive start against the Tigers at Roger Dean Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
"He's doing great," Marlins Manager Mike Redmond said. "He feels great and wants to play. It was more me just wanting to make sure he was ready. He was ready to play really after a day or two. He's so important to our team and to our lineup that we need him healthy. He'll probably get three at-bats today."
Miami has an off-day on Monday, and Redmond expects Hechavarria "to go a couple of days in a row" next week.
*Miami is still considering carrying 13 pitchers as opposed to the 12 they have carried in years past. The Marlins are still in the process of deciding if they would like to carry more than one lefty in the bullpen.
"In my three years, this is the year where we have the most decisions to make," Redmond said. "There is a lot of competition and guys are playing well. That's why you let those guys go out there and compete and show us what they can do."
*Haren pitched well in his last Grapefruit League start against the Nationals, tossing three innings while allowing one hit and striking out three. Redmond is not concerned with regard to Haren's ability to be consistent this spring.
"I just want him to build off his last start," Redmond said. "In spring training you want your guys to get better. I thought he got a lot better just from his first start to his last one. Hopefully he'll just continue that process. This guy's been around a long time. He knows what he needs to do to prepare for opening day.