After being sent to the minors three weeks ago to try and solve his woes at the plate, first baseman Gaby Sanchez was recalled to the big leagues on Sunday morning and reinserted into the Marlins starting lineup.
Sanchez, who hit just .197 with 1 home run and 11 RBI in 122 at-bats to start the season before being demoted on May 19th, hit .310 with three homers and 10 RBI in 19 games for Triple A New Orleans.
"I'm just here to play baseball," said Sanchez, who earned a trip to the All-Star Game last season after getting off to a hot first half (.293, 13 HRs, 50 RBI).
"I figured out a couple little things. Nothing too major. It was just going down there and playing, getting repetition. It was just playing really."
Sanchez said he wasn't shocked the Marlins sent him down after getting off to a slow start. In the 104 games he's played since the All-Star Game, Sanchez has hit just .215 (76 hits in 353 at-bats) with seven homers and 39 RBI.
"Knowing I wasn't doing what I was supposed to be doing and wasn't producing and knowing they weren't happy with what I was doing you know there is always that possibility of being sent down," Sanchez said.
"It's not what you've done in the past or have done, it's what you're doing right now to help the team out. As ballplayers we know that. It's something you can't get mad about because you're trying to help the ballclub win. If it's you getting sent down, then that's what it is."
Asked if he had figured out what was troubling him at the plate and led to him getting sent down, Sanchez responded: "I wasn't getting hits. That's all it basically is. I just wasn't getting any hits."
"You can always go back and start at looking at things always and see things," he continued. "Even when you are doing good there are things you aren't doing perfectly. That's baseball. You're going to get hits. Balls are going to fall and balls aren't going to fall. Balls weren't falling for me. I wasn't getting hits and I went down there kind of cleared my mind up and did what I needed to do."
Logan Morrison, who filled in for Sanchez at first base when he was sent down, has returned to left field.
> Marlins (31-28): 1. Jose Reyes SS, 2. Omar Infante 2B, 3. Hanley Ramirez 3B, 4. Giancarlo Stanton RF, 5. Logan Morrison LF, 6. Gaby Sanchez 1B, 7. Chris Coghlan CF, 8. Brett Hayes C, 9. Anibal Sanchez P.