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5/21/2014 12:55 A.M. ET

Marlins begin homestand after 11-game road swing

MIAMI -- Tough road trips have been the norm so far this season for the Marlins, who returned home Tuesday following a grueling 11-game road stretch to the West Coast in which they were 4-7, dropping them two games behind the National League East-leading Braves.

"Seems like we were on the West Coast for a month. It's nice to be back," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said Tuesday before a game against the Phillies to open a six-game homestand. "We had some opportunities to win some more games, but I was really happy with the way we played in San Francisco and the way we swung the bats."

The Marlins had a well-deserved Monday off following a stretch in which they played 20 games in 20 days.

The Marlins also learned on the road trip that they will be without ace right-hander Jose Fernandez, who last Friday had successful Tommy John surgery that is expected to sideline him for 12-18 months.

"It's a big blow for us," Redmond said. "But it's an opportunity for someone to step up, whether it be the starters we have or the bullpen. We've got to pick up the slack. Just go out there and keep fighting and keep battling.

"This is a resilient group, as I've said all along. I think you see that the way they go about their business and they fight. The key for us is going to be having other guys eat some innings up."

Redmond tossed for arguing balls and strikes

MIAMI -- Marlins manager Mike Redmond was ejected by home-plate umpire Will Little in the bottom of the sixth inning on Tuesday with Miami trailing the Phillies, 6-3.

Redmond was upset after Little rung up shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria on a called third strike that appeared a little high and inside on replays. Redmond vehemently argued with Little and scuffed dirt in the batter's box toward the umpire before exiting the game.

It was the first time this season Redmond has been ejected.

Top prospect Heaney promoted to Triple-A

MIAMI -- Marlins top pitching prospect Andrew Heaney was promoted on Tuesday to Triple-A New Orleans, and he will make his first start for the Zephyrs on Thursday against the Oklahoma City RedHawks.

Heaney, an Oklahoma State University product, was selected by the Marlins with the ninth pick of the 2012 Draft. The left-hander was 4-2 with a 2.35 ERA at Double-A Jacksonville this season.

Veteran Furcal resumes baseball activities

MIAMI -- Manager Mike Redmond said that second baseman Rafael Furcal, who has yet to play this season because of hamstring and groin injuries, resumed baseball activities Tuesday, but it's uncertain when the 36-year-old veteran infielder will be able to play in games.

"He's running, playing catch and taking batting practice," Redmond said. "He's got to go through that whole process again, so we're still a ways off from him probably playing in games again."

Miguel Tejada, who recently signed a Minor League contract, has been in extended spring training at the Marlins' Class A Advanced club in Jupiter, Fla. Tejada is serving a 105-game suspension for violating MLB's drug policy that ends June 5. He is slated to have rehab assignments at Double-A Jacksonville and Triple-A New Orleans in the coming weeks.

"We'll see how much he's got left and if he can help us down the road," Redmond said of the former American League Most Valuable Player and six-time All-Star, who turns 40 on Sunday. "He's getting himself back into playing shape. That's where we are with him."

Steve Dorsey is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.