8/29/2013 1:25 A.M. ET
Yelich's transition to Majors remains straightforward
By Tom Schad / MLB.com
WASHINGTON -- Before Wednesday night's game at Nationals Park, Christian Yelich recalled the last time that he faced Nats right-hander Stephen Strasburg.
Yelich, then 19, was in his first year of professional baseball and playing at Class A Greensboro. Strasburg was making his first rehab start after Tommy John surgery for Class A Advanced Hagerstown. Yelich said it was "a cool moment."
"I got like a 12-hopper that made it through the hole," the Marlins' rookie left fielder said, smiling. "But it still counts, right?"
Yelich faced Strasburg again on Wednesday, this time in his 34th game with the Marlins. The 21-year-old has shown incremental progress since being called up from Double-A Jacksonville on July 23. His approach has impressed manager Mike Redmond, who put Yelich in the No. 3 spot for the first time at the big league level on Wednesday.
"He's done a nice job, I think, of putting together good at-bats," Redmond said. "And he's learning. He's stayed very consistent with his approach, he's drawn walks, and I feel very comfortable with him in the top part of the lineup as a young player, and that's obviously a good sign."
Entering Wednesday, Yelich was hitting .259 with six doubles, one triple and two home runs, including a solo shot on Tuesday. He said that his transition to the Majors has been relatively straightforward.
"It's still baseball," the rookie said. "Obviously they're a little bit better up here, but I think baseball-wise, everything's the same. Once you get over the distraction of your debut, first hit, first home run -- once you get all that out of the way -- then it's fine."
Ruggiano leads off in tweaked Marlins lineup
WASHINGTON -- The names in manager Mike Redmond's lineup on Wednesday were the same, but the order was different. With a struggling offense that has scored three runs or fewer in six straight games, Redmond figured that they needed a change.
"I've tried, I don't know how many different lineups this season," Redmond said. "We'll try another one and see what happens, see if that makes a difference. I mean, what have we got to lose?"
Wednesday's lineup card featured Justin Ruggiano and Ed Lucas in front of Christian Yelich, who made his first Major League start in the No. 3 spot. Redmond said that he wanted to get more runners on base for slugger Giancarlo Stanton in the cleanup spot.
"Yelich has put together some good at-bats, and hopefully he'll continue that," Redmond said. "[Ruggiano] gave us a little spark the last time he led off, and hopefully he can do that again. But really, it's just mixing guys up."
After tough outing, Caminero sent to Triple-A
WASHINGTON -- Less than two weeks after making his Major League debut, Marlins reliever Arquimedes Caminero was sent back to the Minors following Wednesday night's 4-3 loss to the Nationals. Miami optioned the right-hander to Triple-A New Orleans and is expected to make a corresponding roster move on Thursday.
Caminero surrendered two hits in the sixth inning Wednesday night, including a game-tying solo home run by Jayson Werth. The 26-year-old reliever allowed as many hits in the game as he had in his first three Major League appearances combined, but his performance was not enough to warrant a spot in manager Mike Redmond's bullpen.
The move will still be a promotion of sorts for Caminero, who jumped straight to the Marlins from Double-A Jacksonville on Aug. 16. He was 5-2 with a 3.61 ERA in 42 appearances with the Suns this season.
Caminero could rejoin the Marlins soon, as rosters expand on Sunday.
• Jose Fernandez likely has two starts remaining before the team will end the rookie's season as a precaution. Redmond said Wednesday that he has considered moving the 21-year-old's second start back a day or two to give him a final outing at Marlins Park.
"Yeah, we've thought about that," Redmond said. "We're still talking about that, and we'll probably have a better idea of exactly what we're going to do after this next start. See how that start goes and then that'll kind of give us a little bit better plan of what's going to happen down the road."
• The Marlins have drawn 30 walks in their last 74 innings of play entering Wednesday. None of those runners went on to score a run.
Tom Schad is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.