Hechavarria progressing, taking grounders
MIAMI — Adeiny Hechavarra could be a back in the lineup as early as a week.
The Marlins shortstop, placed on the 15-day disabled list on April 18 with a bruised right elbow, did some light infield work on Thursday.
“Hech, he’s going to take some ground balls and make some throws,” manager Mike Redmond said. “The plan is for him to play some games [in Jupiter].”
The club is hopeful that Hechavarria will be reinstated on May 2 at Philadelphia, the first day he is eligible to be reinstated.
“If everything goes well, we’re shooting for him to come off that day,” Redmond said.
Hechavarria fielded grounders and did some light throwing. He is a day or so away from hitting.
Henderson Alvarez, who opened the season on the DL with right shoulder inflammation, is throwing a 45-pitch simulated game on Saturday. The plan is throw him in games on May 2.
Nathan Eovaldi, also out all year with right shoulder inflammation, has started his long-toss progression. He was recently placed on the 60-day disabled list, so he won’t be available until mid-June, at the earliest.
First baseman Casey Kotchman, on the DL since Apirl 5 with a strained left hamstring, is still at least a few weeks away.
Catcher Jeff Mathis, broken right collarbone, could be playing in rehab assignment games as early as May 1.
First baseman Logan Morrison, right knee, could be playing in rehab assignment games on May 10.
— Joe Frisaro