Hechavarria resting mild groin strain

JUPITER, Fla. — As a precaution, Adeiny Hechavarria was replaced in the fifth inning on Monday due to a mild groin strain.

The Marlins shortstop has felt a little discomfort for a few days, and he aggravated the groin while being sacrifice bunted to second base in the third inning of Miami’s 4-1 loss to the Nationals at Roger Dean Stadium.

“Hech has a little bit of a tight groin, so we got him out of there,” manager Mike Redmond said. “He should be fine. We’ll give a day or two to make sure everything is alright.”

Hechavarria is winding down an impressive Spring Training, where he is batting .319 in 47 at-bats. He singled in the third inning, and slid awkwardly into second base, advancing on Tom Koehler’s sacrifice bunt.

“He felt it a little bit when we bunted him over,” Redmond said.

The likely return date is Thursday, when the Marlins face the Cardinals in Jupiter. On Wednesday the club is in Lake Buena Vista to take on the Braves. It’s unlikely Hechavarria would make the long bus ride.

Donovan Solano and Ed Lucas are the candidates to play shortstop.

Joe Frisaro

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