05/15/2013 9:08 PM ET
Adjustments key for improved Webb
By Christina De Nicola / Special to MLB.com
MIAMI -- Marlins right-hander Ryan Webb calls pitching a job of continuous adjustments.
Webb's ERA jumped from 3.20 in 2011 to 4.03 last season. The reliever struck out 44 batters - 13 more than the year before. Fifteen of the 72 hits (20.8 percent) Webb allowed did not leave the infield. At one point, he was sent down to Triple-A New Orleans.
The 27-year-old entered Wednesday night with the longest hitless streak -- 10 1/3 innings -- by a reliever in the big leagues. It ended on Joey Votto's leadoff single off Webb in the seventh inning. It marked the third-longest streak in club history.
Webb came into Wednesday leading the National League and ranked third in the Majors in opponents' batting average (.111). His ERA is 1.71 through 15 appearances.
"I'm trying to make every pitch count," Webb said. "I'm still pitching to contact, but trying to make better quality pitches when I need to. If I'm going to miss, try not to miss over the plate."
An offseason goal for the reliever was to pitch more to the corner of the zone and limit those bloop hits. So far, his slider has complemented his fastball.
"Having two pitches going opposite ways to both sides of the plate is definitely an advantage," Webb said. "When I was first coming up, I was really just trying to throw the ball as hard as I could down the middle, and I had movement and let the ball move.
"This year, I've been a little more mindful of working the corners in and out. If I'm going to miss, miss where I'm trying to go with the pitch and set up the next pitch. Instead of relying on good stuff, really using pitching to my advantage as well."
Stanton throws, takes swings off tee
MIAMI -- Giancarlo Stanton threw for the first time since injuring his right hamstring April 30, but his recovery remains a work in progress.
The 23-year-old slugger, who is on the 15-day disabled list, has not started jogging, but hopes to soon. He has run in the pool. He was with his teammates stretching before batting practice on Wednesday.
Stanton did take a few swings off a tee, but none off live pitching.
"Running's going to be ... I'm sure I can hit way sooner than I'll be able to run," Stanton said. "I can already put weight on it pretty well."
Rookie Marcell Ozuna has batted .300 (15-for-50) with one home run and five RBIs in Stanton's place, collecting three assists in right field.
Stanton doesn't anticipate the injury keeping him out as long as it has for Casey Kotchman, who has been on the DL with a strained left hamstring since April 5.
"When you can walk around fine and look functional, you think you'll be back a little bit quicker," Stanton said.
LoMo moves closer to rehab stint with Jupiter
MIAMI -- Logan Morrison moved one step closer to his return to the Majors during extended spring training on Tuesday in Jupiter, Fla.
After Morrison played five innings at first base and hit a home run without a setback, Marlins manager Mike Redmond said the plan is for Morrison to get a couple of days off.
Morrison will go a full game either Friday or Saturday before beginning his rehab assignment with the Class A Hammerheads next week.
"If everything goes well on that, we'll figure out a date to start his rehab," Redmond said. "He feels good. He's progressing."
The 25-year-old is on the 60-day disabled list after undergoing right knee surgery last September. He is eligible to come off the DL as early as May 30.
• Marlins top hitting prospect Christian Yelich went 3-for-4 with a pair of home runs for Double-A Jacksonville on Wednesday.
• Redmond said Jeff Mathis, reinstated off the DL on Tuesday, will make his first start in the series finale with the Reds on Thursday night.
• According to a tweet by ESPN's Jerry Crasnick, the Marlins released right-hander David Aardsma, who had signed a Minor League deal on April 13.
Christina De Nicola is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.