Assuming all goes well in his final minor-league assignment, the Marlins will be getting starting shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria back for the start of their 10-game trip Thursday in Philadelphia and waving goodbye to 34-year-old veteran Nick Green to make room.
Although the Marlins didn’t make any formal announcements after Wednesday afternoon’s 7-6 loss to the Mets, Green said he was packing up and preparing to head home.
Out of options, Green doubled twice Wednesday and raised his average to .321, with one home run and three RBI in the eight games in which he played for Miami this season. He said he will be designated for assignment once Hechavarria is recalled.
If he clears waivers, he can either accept a reassignment to the minors with the Marlins or try to sign with another team through free agency. It sounded Wednesday like Green was leaning toward the latter.
“It’s disappointing,” Green said of potentially severing ties with the Marlins. “Everybody wants to be in the big leagues and you’ve got to try to do the best you can when you get a chance. That’s all I could do.”
OZUNA SETTLING IN
Marcell Ozuna isn’t sure how long he’s going to be up in the big leagues, but he has enjoyed the ride so far and he’s going to try to make sure it doesn’t end.
The 22-year-old Dominican outfielder, brought up from DoubleA Jacksonville to help fill the shoes of the injured Giancarlo Stanton (expected to be out around a month with a hamstring), produced his first multihit game in the big leagues Wednesday (going 2 for4) and has his first memento.
It’s the ball with which he got his first big-league hit in Tuesday’s win over the Mets. Ozuna pulled it out of his locker Wednesday morning and showed it to reporters. Everyone on the team had signed it for him.
“It’s going to go on my wall at home,” said Ozuna, who singled off Mets starter Jeremy Hefner in the fifth inning Tuesday. “It was a big moment.”
Ozuna, who spent last season at Single A Jupiter (.266 with 24 home runs and 95 RBI) and was tearing it up in A Jacksonville since joining the Suns’ lineup (.333 with five home runs and 15 RBI in 42 at-bats), said he was a bit nervous in his first game, but added “now I feel like a big-leaguer.”
Ozuna said his parents and sister back home in the Dominican watched Tuesday’s game. Ozuna said his father, sister and former Little League manager are taking a plane to Philadelphia to see Ozuna play in person for the first time Thursday. He has requested six tickets in all for family and friends.
The collision at the plate between Marlins starter Wade LeBlanc and Mets catcher John Buck in the fourth inning Wednesday wasn’t the first between the two former teammates.
LeBlanc pointed out how in 2011, when he was a member for the Padres, Buck tagged him out on a headfirst slide on an assist from center fielder Mike Cameron.
“I thought I was safe then, too,” said LeBlanc, who took a knee to the chest from Buck on Wednesday, but stayed in the game. “Tie goes to the catcher, I guess.”
• Thursday: Marlins RHP Alex Sanabia (2-3, 4.85) at Phillies RHP Kyle Kendrick (2-1, 2.41), 7:05 p.m.
• Friday: Marlins RHP Ricky Nolasco (2-2, 3.82) at Phillies RHP Jonathan Pettibone (1-0, 4.35), 7:05 p.m.
Scouting report: The Marlins have gone a combined 9-18 at Citizens Bank Park over the past three years. They lost two of three to the Phillies at home last month. Sanabia is 4-1 with a 3.32 ERA in 13 road appearances, 10 starts. Kendrick was 3-0 with a 1.40 ERA and 18 strikeouts over 19 1/3 innings against the Marlins last season.