7/26/2013 10:30 P.M. ET
Ozuna has surgery; winter ball might be next
By Joe Frisaro / MLB.com
MIAMI -- Marcell Ozuna underwent season-ending surgery on his left thumb on Friday, and the next time the 22-year-old may see playing time is in winter ball.
For now, the outfielder will need six to eight weeks of recovery time before he does any baseball rehab activity.
Ozuna was at Marlins Park after the surgery wearing a soft cast.
"He needs to just get healthy," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. "I'm sure we'll talk as an organization as to whether winter ball is an option for him. Then, he will, like everyone, will go into Spring Training and compete and try to make the team."
Ozuna injured his thumb while making a diving catch in the sixth inning of Monday night's 3-1 win over Colorado at Coors Field. His glove hand bent backward while he robbed Michael Cuddyer of a hit.
Ozuna played the rest of the game, and afterward, the Marlins -- unaware of the severity of the injury -- optioned him to Double-A Jacksonville.
Ozuna on Wednesday had his hand examined by a thumb specialist in Miami. It was revealed he had a torn ligament and an avulsion fracture.
Ozuna opened the season at Jacksonville, but he was called up the final day of April to replace Giancarlo Stanton, who went on the DL with a strained right hamstring.
"In Spring Training, we never talked about Ozuna coming to the big leagues and hitting fourth," Redmond said. "It never came up.
"He did a great job. You think about a kid who came to this team, right at the right time we needed a boost. He gave us that boost and went out there and played a great right field. Then he made a real easy transition to center field. He got big hits. He drove in a lot of runs for us. I think he brought some excitement to our lineup and to our team. It energized guys. It was perfect. It was just what we needed. He was as big a part of our June run as anybody."
Marisnick stays loose in first week in Majors
MIAMI -- Relax and have fun is the approach Jake Marisnick is taking during his first homestand in the big leagues.
The 22-year-old was promoted from Double-A Jacksonville on Tuesday, and he is taking over center field for the Marlins. But in his first three games, he failed to collect his first big league hit. He got off the schneid in the sixth inning Friday night, delivering a single.
"I think he's going to be able to sleep tonight," manager Mike Redmond said after the Marlins beat the Pirates, 2-0. "I told him, 'Me too. I haven't slept in three days, trying to figure out how to get you a hit.'
Marisnick has been striving to stay loose and not put too much pressure on himself.
"Just go out there and have fun, and remember this is the same game I've played since I was a little kid," the rookie said before the game. "Just go out there and have fun. I've put a little bit of pressure on myself, but I think everybody does when you step out there for the first time. What it's all about is just learning how to play with that pressure and have fun."
Marisnick enjoyed success at the plate at Jacksonville, batting .294 with 12 home runs and 46 RBIs. In July, he was batting .344 (22-for-64) when he got the big league nod.
"It comes down to get a good pitch to hit, and that comes with time and experience," Marisnick said. "I'm just trying to simplify everything and stick to the basics and not try to do too much. I've been pressing a little bit. Pitch selection is a big thing. Making sure I'm getting a good pitch to hit and not try to do too much with it."
LoMo points out young Marlins' camaraderie
MIAMI -- Taking three of four at Colorado has raised the Marlins' morale, while prompting Logan Morrison to make an amusing post on Twitter.
"We may be young, but we're talented," Morrison tweeted. "Great road trip to Denver. Camaraderie is at an all time high!"
The photo Morrison posted was of a group of small school children lined up together, each holding a rope and moving along.
The Marlins first baseman used humor to express his point, but he added on Friday that the team is bonding.
"Everybody likes everybody, but winning helps," Morrison said.
The Marlins just added two more young players in promoting outfielders Christian Yelich and Jake Marisnick from Double-A Jacksonville.
"I think everybody knows who Christian is and everybody knows who Jake is," Morrison said. "They're great guys and great baseball players. They're going to only help us."
Morrison said the young players constantly pick on each other, as well as engage in a friendly competition.
"I hear the pitchers making fun of each other all the time," Morrison said. "The best part about having all these young guys is, not only are they making fun of each other, they're competing with each other."
Morrison noted that Tom Koehler recently saw the other starting pitchers throwing 96 mph, so it motivated him to do his part. Jose Fernandez and Jacob Turner are two right-handers in the rotation who are showing more personality with the club.
"Koehler is like, 'All these guys are throwing 96, so I have to bust 96 out,'" Morrison said. "They're all bulldogs in their own way. Fernandez is more outwardly about it. But Turner is probably the opposite. But he's still a bulldog."
• Justin Ruggiano is feeling under the weather, and he didn't take part in batting practice on Friday afternoon.
• Chris Coghlan, on the disabled list with a nerve/back injury, did some throwing up to 120 feet on Friday afternoon. And for the first time, the 28-year-old swung the bat in the cages. He is hoping to return more quickly than expected, but he still could be a month away.
• Yelich recalls a brief conversation he had while on first base on Tuesday in his Major League debut at Coors Field. Yelich singled in each of his first three at-bats. On his first hit, he received a congratulations from Colorado first baseman Todd Helton. On his third hit, Helton said: "What are you doing? It's not that easy."