5/22/2014 12:25 A.M. ET
Ozuna moves past hitting woes with grand night
By Joe Frisaro / MLB.com
MIAMI -- Inexperience shows from time to time with Marlins center fielder Marcell Ozuna.
The 23-year-old entered Wednesday night in a bit of a rut. Heading into the game against the Phillies, Ozuna was 8-for-57 (.140) with two homers, seven RBIs and 22 strikeouts in May.
Because of his struggles, the center fielder was dropped to eighth in the order.
But the reason Ozuna was not benched is because of what he is capable of showing on any given night. On Wednesday, he broke out of his slump with a grand slam and an RBI single in the Marlins' 14-5 victory. The five RBIs is a career high.
Prior to May, Ozuna was 32-for-100 (.320) with four homers and 16 RBIs.
"He goes through spurts where he's too aggressive, and then he's too patient," manager Mike Redmond said. "He will take some fastballs and swing at some breaking balls, which happens with a lot of young guys. The big leagues are a monster."
Like many of the young Marlins players, Ozuna has his hot and cold stretches.
"We've talked about there being a learning curve for some guys," Redmond said. "The league continues to make adjustments on them, and they've got to continue making adjustments on the league. There are scouts up there every night. They're watching these guys and trying to figure out weaknesses they can exploit. Ozuna needs to make those adjustments. He has the ability to make those adjustments. At the same time, too, you've got to do it in the game. I know he can do it."
DeSclafani optioned to Triple-A; Wolf to join rotation
MIAMI -- The Marlins will be making another change in their rotation.
After defeating the Phillies, 14-5, on Wednesday night, the team announced Anthony DeSclafani was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans. The club will make a corresponding move prior to Thursday's series finale against the Phillies.
Lefty Randy Wolf will move into the rotation, and the veteran will make his first start on Sunday against the Brewers at Marlins Park.
DeSclafani was promoted from Double-A Jacksonville to be an immediate fill-in after Jose Fernandez went down with a right elbow injury that required Tommy John surgery.
Wolf was signed shortly after the Fernandez injury to be a veteran presence in the rotation.
DeSclafani made two starts, collecting a win at Dodger Stadium in his Major League debut, giving up two runs in six innings with seven strikeouts. But on Tuesday, in his first start at Marlins Park, the 24-year-old worked 5 1/3 innings, and he gave up five earned runs.
At Triple-A, DeSclafani will join the rotation, and if he is promoted back to the big leagues this year, it could be as a reliever.
Dawson, Perez to represent Marlins at Draft
MIAMI -- Possessing the second overall pick, the Marlins are hopeful of securing the services of a future big league star in the upcoming First-Year Player Draft, starting June 5.
When it's Miami's turn to make its selection, the organization will be well represented at Draft Central at MLB Network's Studio 42 in Secaucus, N.J. Hall of Famers Andre Dawson and Tony Perez will be on hand at the Marlins' table.
Dawson and Perez are long-time Marlins special assistants. A year ago, Dawson also represented the club after Jack McKeon couldn't make it due to medical reasons. Around this time last year, McKeon underwent double bypass heart surgery.
This is a crucial Draft for the Marlins, who possess four of the first 43 picks. Along with having the No. 2 choice, the club also has compensation picks -- 36, 39 and 43.
The four picks will be made on Day 1 of the three-day event.
"Now, the Draft is an event," Dawson said. "It's real drawn out. It's over a course of a few days now. It's a made-for-television-type-thing. It's the evolution of the Draft itself."
The 2014 Draft will take place on June 5-7, beginning with the Draft preview show on MLB.com and MLB Network on Thursday, June 5, at 6 p.m. ET. Live Draft coverage from MLB Network's Studio 42 begins at 7 p.m., with the top 74 picks being streamed on MLB.com and broadcast on MLB Network. MLB.com's exclusive coverage of the second and third days will begin with a live Draft show at 12:30 p.m. ET on June 6.
MLB.com's coverage includes Draft Central, Top 100 Draft Prospects list and Draft Tracker, a live interactive application that includes a searchable database of Draft-eligible players. Every selection will be tweeted live from @MLBDraftTracker, and you can also keep up to date by following @MLBDraft. And get into the Draft conversation by tagging your tweets with #mlbdraft.
"I'll have fun with it," Dawson said. "I think it's good to meet the kids. I will sit there and be curious about what to do next. Who is on the chart? What players who are potentially high picks are still left? I get kind of a kick out of going up there. If the kids are in the audience, I like getting the chance to meet them."
Marlins rally around skipper after Redmond's ejection
MIAMI -- It was more than just an ejection in Miami's 6-5 loss to the Phillies on Tuesday night. To the Marlins players, it was a signal that manager Mike Redmond had their back.
To Redmond, it was a boiling point in light of some calls that have gone against the Marlins, dating back to the West Coast road trip.
In the sixth inning on Tuesday, Redmond was tossed for vehemently protesting home-plate umpire Will Little's strike zone. Little rung up Adeiny Hechavarria on a pitch the Marlins clearly felt was a ball.
Redmond kicked dirt, and vocally lit into Little as the crowd applauded.
"I've never seen it that explosive," first baseman Garrett Jones said of his manager. "It was good to see him let [Little] have it. It fired us up. It fired us up as a team, knowing your manager is going to go out there and have your back out there."
To Redmond, the emotions had been building. Last Thursday at San Francisco, Hunter Pence was credited with a foul ball on a dribbler down the first-base line. On the play, replay clearly showed Pence's foot touched the ball while in fair territory. If seen, that would have been an out. But the umpires said they didn't see it, and the infield fair-and-foul calls are not subjected to review.
"I tried to be patient," Redmond said. "I'd just seen enough. It was kind of building up from that road trip. We had a couple of calls go against us. Last night, I couldn't take it anymore."
The Marlins did rally to score two runs late in the game on Tuesday.
"He's always looking to fight for us," second baseman Derek Dietrich said. "I wouldn't expect anything else. There were some tough calls for both sides. Red saw a call that he felt should have gone a different way. He made it known, and did what he felt he had to do.
"We wanted to get that win for him, especially when your manager goes out there for you. It's what we're about. We're going to try to battle and fight. We're not going to take any pitches off."
Normally mild-mannered, Redmond on Wednesday was asked about kicking the dirt.
"I don't know," the manager said. "I didn't go out there with the intention of doing that. It just sort of took over."
• Hechavarria was a little fatigued from playing pretty much every day. So on Wednesday night the shortstop was given a night off.
• Ed Lucas, celebrating his 32nd birthday on Wednesday, got the start at shortstop. Hechavarria is expected to play on Thursday afternoon in the series finale. Jacob Turner also had a birthday on Wednesday as he turned 23.
• Marlins Park will take a break from baseball on Sept. 11, when the retractable-roof stadium will play host to a soccer match between Real Madrid and Barcelona.
"We are excited to reach an agreement that brings these two soccer powers to Miami," said Claude Delorme, Marlins executive vice president of operations and events. "Even though rosters have yet to be finalized, these two clubs have a rich history of soccer greats that will lead to a highly competitive match."