With so many players moving on and off of the DL this year, no one in the front office is using a pen on the official 40-man and 25-man rosters. Pencils continue to be the writing implement of choice.
Starting shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria rejoins the team in Philly at the start of a 10-day road trip. While not yet announced officially, it’s all but settled that Nick Green will be designated for assignment, and will likely throw his hat into the free agent arena. 34-year-old Green performed very well in his 8-game cup of coffee, but Hech is the long-term starter at the position. We here at the Maniac wish Mr. Green well, and hope he lands on his feet with an organization that will give him another shot.
Hechavarria, coming off of a trip to the 15-day DL, is showing extraordinary defensive skills, but his bat hasn’t been the caliber that Green showed. His bat started showing signs of improvement before his BP injury, so we could see him resume his progression after a game or two to get his batting eye back up to big-league speed.
Left-handed starter Brad Hand was brought up for just about the smallest cup of coffee possible, pitching in relief for 1 2/3 innings, facing seven batters with 3 Ks and two walks. He is expected to be optioned to Triple-A New Orleans and the Marlins will likely pick up the contract of journeyman outfielder Matt Diaz in order to gain a little outfield depth necessary after Stanton’s hammy pull.