5/17/2013 11:20 P.M. ET
Injuries forcing constant lineup shuffling
By Joe Frisaro / MLB.com
MIAMI -- Marlins manager Mike Redmond would rather keep things simple when it comes to his batting order. Ideally, he'd like to run out the same lineup on a daily basis.
But injuries and inconsistency have prevented him from doing so.
Because of all the adversity the team has faced, Redmond on Friday posted his 41st different lineup in 42 games.
"The injuries have really set us into a frenzy," Redmond said. "You know, just trying to find guys to hit and the same guys to hit in certain spots. We have guys who would love to hit higher in the order, but they just struggle. That's the way it goes.
"We've got guys that are supposed to be bats coming off the bench for us playing every day, and that's hard."
The focus in this transition season is to find pieces for not only now, but also the future.
Prospects Derek Dietrich and Marcell Ozuna are finding themselves batting third and fourth.
"Dietrich and Ozuna were in Double-A [recently]," Redmond said. "Now they're hitting third and fourth. So, nobody can overcome those injuries -- too many key positions we're talking about. Nobody is going to feel sorry for us. It is the way it is.
"We all know it's going to get better and guys are going to get healthy. We're excited about getting those guys back and at the same time, too, there's going to be some tough decisions. Some guys are going to be out. That's just the way it goes."
Rauch designated for assignment; Below recalled
MIAMI -- The Marlins, looking to shake things up during a rough stretch, made a couple of roster moves following Friday's 9-2 loss to the D-backs at Marlins Park.
Reliever Jon Rauch, 34, was designated for assignment, and lefty reliever Duane Below was recalled from Triple-A New Orleans.
Miami has dropped six straight, and Rauch allowed two runs on four hits in one inning in Friday's loss.
Rauch made 15 appearances and went 1-2 with a 7.56 ERA in 16 2/3 innings.
In the offseason, the Marlins signed Rauch to a one-year, $1 million contract, and he was projected to offer experience in a setup role. His biggest contribution came on April 29, when he threw three innings and 60 pitches of relief in a 5-4 win over the Mets in 15 innings. He gave up a run in the top of the 15th, but Miami rallied for two to pull off a walk-off victory.
Below, 27, has Major League experience as a reliever with the Tigers. Below is 2-1 with a 3.88 ERA in 27 relief appearances in the Majors.
Below made four starts for New Orleans, posting a 2-2 record with a 3.38 ERA, 15 strikeouts and six walks in 21 1/3 innings.
Like Wade LeBlanc, who threw four innings of relief on Friday, Below is a lefty who can pitch multiple innings of relief.
Redmond likes Hechavarria in two-hole
MIAMI -- In time, the Marlins envision Adeiny Hechavarria as a top-of-the-order-caliber hitter.
That time is apparently now.
With manager Mike Redmond experimenting with lineups in hopes of finding a combination that clicks, he is batting Hechavarria second.
"I like him hitting second," Redmond said.
Redmond talked about the 24-year-old shortstop hitting in the two-hole during Spring Training. But when the season started, Hechavarria started off hitting eighth.
Although he is batting .211 in 95 at-bats on the season, Hechavarria is hitting .250 (3-for-12) in the second spot.
"You can see his approach and patience slowly start to improve," Redmond said. "That's what we're looking for. He has a lot of pop."
In spacious Marlins Park, Hechavarria is capitalizing on its wide gaps, hitting a pair of triples in the last series against the Reds. He's shown the ability to shoot the ball to right-center field.
Hechavarria's five triples are the most in the Majors, one ahead of Boston's Jacoby Ellsbury entering Friday's action. Three of Hechavarria's three-base hits have come at Marlins Park.
"When he takes his batting practice, he tries to stay on balls and drive them to right field," Redmond said. "That's a good approach. This guy is learning to hit in the big leagues, and learning an approach."
Hechavarria, acquired from the Blue Jays last November, is still developing. He is in his first full big league season after he appeared in 41 games and batted .254 with eight doubles, two homers and no triples in 2012.
"This kid is a special player," Redmond said. "We knew going in there would be some growing pains with the bat. But at the same time, he's out here working hard, taking extra hitting and doing everything he can possibly do to make himself a better player. We're seeing the results of it."
Stanton progressing in running program
MIAMI -- Pinpointing a target date for Giancarlo Stanton's return remains up in the air.
The Marlins' slugger is hopeful to return before the All-Star break, but right now, everything is a guess.
Stanton went on the disabled list on April 30 with a strained right hamstring. He has done some hitting in the cages and is playing catch.
"I'm hitting and throwing," Stanton said. "That's good that I can do that."
But as for running, Stanton has progressed from doing jogging in a therapeutic pool to running on a special anti-gravity treadmill, which he has done the past two days.
Stanton is recovering from a Grade 2 hamstring strain, which roughly takes four to six weeks from which to recover.
"I don't know how long it's going to take," Stanton said. "Once I can do normal jogging and running, it will be better to figure that out."
• Nathan Eovaldi, on the 60-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation, is going to throw a 45-pitch simulated game on Monday. The earliest he is eligible to be reinstated is mid-June.
• Logan Morrison is scheduled to play nine innings at first base in an extended spring training game on Saturday. The hope is he will begin rehab games with Class A Jupiter as early as Monday. Morrison opened the season on the 60-day DL due to a right knee injury. He is eligible to being reinstated on May 30. Barring any setbacks, he should return near that date.