7/23/2014 10:24 P.M. ET
Valdespin, Solano trying to shore up second base
By Joe Frisaro / MLB.com
ATLANTA -- The Marlins are exploring second-base options on the trade market.
Their ideal candidate would be a speed threat who can hit at the top of the order. Basically, the Marlins covet what they had hoped they acquired when free agent Rafael Furcal signed last December.
As the front office surveys the market, two candidates on the roster are currently making the most of their opportunities.
Jordany Valdespin, called up recently from Triple-A New Orleans, is a left-handed hitter who is getting chances against right-handed pitching. Donovan Solano is a right-handed-hitting option.
In Tuesday's 6-5 win over the Braves, Solano had a career-high four hits and a walk, reaching base in all five of his plate appearances.
"It would be nice to have one of them take that job over," manager Mike Redmond said. "For right now, it gives us the flexibility to mix and match."
Solano has had a strong July, batting .378 (17-for-45) in the month. Solano's hitting enables Redmond to continue to slot his second baseman in the No. 2 hole in the lineup. Christian Yelich leads off, with Giancarlo Stanton batting third and Casey McGehee fourth.
"I feel comfortable playing either of those guys in that role, in that No. 2 spot," Redmond said. "Both guys can hit-and-run. Valdy brings a little more speed than Donovan does. They both give us good defense. We can mix and match there as we want to."
Griffey visits Atlanta, watches Stanton BP in awe
ATLANTA -- Ken Griffey Jr. certainly has seen his share of imposing sluggers. But the big league legend has never witnessed anything quite like Marlins All-Star Giancarlo Stanton.
One of the greats of his era, Griffey spent quality time with Stanton at Turner Field on Wednesday.
Watching Stanton take one round of batting practice was all Griffey needed to see the Miami right fielder stands alone in the power department.
"He hits it a long way," Griffey said during BP on Wednesday. "Where he places balls, it's very unfair to us normal people."
Marlins catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia told Griffey that Stanton almost has super powers.
"Salty said, 'You're watching a movie of Superman,'" Griffey said. "He's from another planet."
Griffey was in Atlanta to profile Stanton for an upcoming segment on "Big Sticks," which airs on Fox Sports 1.
The series features Griffey interviewing the greats in the game about hitting. Segments have already aired on Boston's David Ortiz and Pittsburgh's Andrew McCutchen.
Stanton will be up next. But the date it will run has yet to be announced.
"It was fun. He's such a nice kid," Griffey said of the Miami right fielder. "He really respects the game of baseball. He just wants to learn and have fun."
Reminded that he is in elite company when it comes to homers, Griffey made it clear that he didn't hit the ball anywhere near like Stanton.
"He's so tall, but he does things so compact," Griffey said. "He's [6-foot-5] and he's got the swing of a 5-9 guy -- really compact, straight to the ball. Good extension. He does a lot of things very well. It was fun to watch."
Griffey joked that he would want no part of matching distance in batting practice with Stanton.
"I want to be in the singles group," Griffey laughed. "I don't want to be in the big group with him. I want to be with the middle infielders, the guys who slap it around. I don't want to be with that guy."
Griffey retired in 2010 with 630 homers.
If Stanton stays healthy, he has the talent to be in the 600-homer club.
"I didn't hit them that far," Griffey noted. "There was no passing the torch. He took it."
Redmond ejected after Marlins' failed rundown
ATLANTA -- Marlins manager Mike Redmond vented his frustration at third-base umpire Alan Porter and drew an ejection in the eighth inning against the Braves at Turner Field on Wednesday night.
The Miami manager let off steam after his team was unable to execute an out on a rundown play involving Jason Heyward at third base.
The Marlins had the infield in with Chris Johnson at the plate. Sam Dyson induced a grounder to short, and Adeiny Hechavarria threw home. Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia ran Heyward back to third and flipped to third baseman Casey McGehee. The toss was high, causing McGehee to reach up to make the catch. Heyward was able to wiggle around McGehee's tag and return back to third base safely.
Redmond argued that Heyward went out of the baseline, but he never left the dirt path.
"I just thought he was out of the baseline," Redmond said. "I don't know. Maybe I was more frustrated that we didn't get an out in that situation, more than anything."
No error was charged on the fielder's choice. But it was a botched chance to get a sure out. Gerald Laird followed with an RBI single, scoring Heyward.
The ejection was Redmond's third of the season.
Cishek shows he can hold runners on base
ATLANTA -- Holding runners close on first base usually isn't Steve Cishek's highest priority. On Tuesday night, in the Marlins' 6-5 win over the Braves at Turner Field, it became one.
With speedy pinch-runner Jordan Schafer on first base in a one-run game in the ninth inning, Cishek paid extra-close attention. The Miami closer threw over to first four straight times.
When Cishek finally threw to the plate, Schafer took off, but he was thrown out by catcher Jeff Mathis. Shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria fielded the short-hop and applied the tag for the out.
Cishek is the first to admit he doesn't always focus on the baserunner.
"I don't typically worry about the runner at first," he said. "But when there are no outs, and you've got a speedy runner over there, you have to throw over. Usually I don't worry about it too much. [Tuesday] was a little bit different. Schafer has got a lot of speed. I didn't want him to get on second. The coaches kept throwing the pick-over sign."
In the big leagues, Cishek has never thrown over as many as four straight times. He did three on occasion in the Minors.
"It was huge. It kept him off balance," Cishek said. "I tried to vary my times as much as I can to give Jeff the best possible chance to gun him down."