Marlins catcher John Buck is used to having first baseman Gaby Sanchez nearby to talk to him in the clubhouse. Monday, Buck was using his iPhone to communicate with the recently demoted, former All-Star.
"I told him hurry up and get back here -- we need you," Buck said.
Although the clock is ticking, Sanchez could be back up from New Orleans by the time the Marlins wrap up their 10-game home stand against the Nationals a week from Wednesday (the first day he's eligible to be recalled). Coincidentally, that's also the same day the team plans to give away Gaby Sanchez t-shirts to the first 15,000 fans inside Marlins Park.
Sanchez, who was hitting just .197 with one home run and 11 RBI for the Marlins before being sent down, went 1 for 3 with a double and two RBI Sunday for Triple A New Orleans. It was his first minor league game since 2009.
> Although first base is the position he's been playing since he was in t-ball, Logan Morrison noted Monday it's going to take him a little time to get adjusted to "finding the bag" again.
Morrison, who made his third big league start at first base Monday night, got tangled up with reliever Randy Choate on a key double play the team was able to turn in the eighth inning Sunday against the Indians. Luckily for the Marlins, Morrison's stumble didn't lead to trouble.
Morrison, who has made 206 of his 209 career starts in left field, was a pretty solid fielding first baseman in the minors with a .989 fielding percentage. He's made 10 errors in 383 chances in left field in the majors (.974).
> As for the shift the Indians employed against him to produce five groundouts over the weekend series, Morrison said he feels like he's figured that out after his big RBI double on Sunday.
"Just looking at film and stuff, I wasn't getting my foot down on time," Morrison said. "I had to rush everything to get the barrell of the bat to the ball. When you rush, your shoulders fly, your hips fly and the only place you hit it are ground balls that way."
> With Donnie Murphy just 3 for 30 at the plate this season (.100) entering Wednesday, it's not out of the realm of possibility Donovan Solano sticks around.
The 24-year old utility infielder was hitting .262 with 14 RBI in Triple A New Orleans and has more pop than you think. He hit eight home runs to lead the Columbian winter league six months ago. "I like to think of myself as a line drive hitter," he said Monday.
Solano, who led the Marlins with a .410 average this spring, said he was disappointed when he was told he wasn't making the team, but let it go because he knew he would get another chance.
"When [Guillen] spoke to me he was sad for me, said that it was something cruel to send me to Triple A. But that's baseball, those things are out of your control," said Solano, who became just the 12th Colombian-born player to reach the majors when the Marlins called him up Sunday.
"A lot of the guys in here thought it was an injustice, but I just kept looking forward. Now, I'm here and I want to make the best of it."
> Guillen said although he expects second baseman Omar Infante to return to the team Tuesday, he's prepared to be without him for the next three or four days. Infante left the team before Sunday's game to attend his grandfather's funeral in Venezuela.