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Redmond provides injury updates; Hechavarria expected to be ready when DL stint is up

Manager Mike Redmond showed up for his daily press conference with reporters in the Marlins dugout Thursday with a list of health updates on injured players.

The best news: shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria, out since April 17th with a right elbow contusion, is expected to be ready to go when his stint on the disabled list is up May 2nd. Hechavarria said he played catch from about 70 feet Wednesday and felt good. He took grounders with the team Thursday.

Redmond said the team would like to get Hechavarria in some games in Single A Jupiter next week before he returns to the lineup.

> Right-hander Henderson Alvarez (right shoulder inflammation) is throwing a 45-pitch simulated game on Saturday and the plan is to start him with a 60-pitch game next Thursday in Jupiter.

> Right-hander Nathan Eovaldi, on the 60-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation, is progressing with his long toss Redmond said. 

> First baseman Casey Kotchman told Redmond his hamstring is feeling better, but he's still is a couple weeks away.

> Catcher Jeff Mathis -- out since early in spring training with a fractured right clavicle -- is shooting to participate in his first rehab assignment next Wednesday, Redmond said.

> First baseman Logan Morrison (knee) still isn't running the bases, but the team is shooting for a rehab game on May 10th.

> The Marlins picked up some left-handed pitching experience Thursday when they claimed 27-year old Duane Below off waivers from the Tigers and optioned him to Triple-A New Orleans.

Below threw 46 1/3 innings in 27 games with one start for the Tigers last year. The 6-foot-3, 220-pounder was 1-2 with a 2.10 ERA in four starts at Triple-A this season. In 25 2/3 innings, he has 15 strikeouts and four walks.

THURSDAY'S LINEUPS

> Marlins (5-16): 1. Juan Pierre LF, 2. Placido Polanco 3B, 3. Giancarlo Stanton RF, 4. Joe Mahoney 1B, 5. Justin Ruggiano CF, 6. Rob Brantly C, 7. Chris Valaika SS, 8. Donovan Solano 2B, 9. Kevin Slowey RHP.

> Cubs (6-14): 1. David DeJesus CF, 2. Starlin Casro SS, 3. Anthony Rizzo 1B, 4. Alfonso Soriano LF, 5. Nate Schierholtz RF, 6. Wellington Castillo C, 7. Luis Valbuena 3B, 8. Darwin Barney 2B, 9. Edwin Jackson RHP.

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