As expected, the Marlins activated Giancarlo Stanton from the disabled list today and placed Casey Kotchman on the 15-day DL with an oblique strain. Stanton has been out since April 29 when he suffered a hamstring injury.
Those weren't the only moves. The Marlins also activated infielder Donovan Solano and first baseman Joe Mahoney from the DL and optioned both to Triple A New Orleans. No big surprise with Mahoney, given the return of Logan Morrison. But Solano's absence clearly cost him his job, as Derek Dietrich has filled in capably at second and the Marlins appear satisfied with Ed Lucas as an extra infielder.
By the way, the last time Stanton and Morrison appeared together in the starting lineup was July 7 of last year.
With Stanton back in right, Marcell Ozuna moves to center. Both Ozuna and Juan Pierre were receiving early work in CF, with Andre Dawson providing advice to the rookie.
Marlins: 1. Juan Pierre, lf; 2. Placido Polanco, 3b; 3. Giancarlo Stanton, rf; 4. Marcell Ozuna, cf; 5. Logan Morrison, 1b; 6. Derek Dietrich, 2b; 7. Adeiny Hechavarria, ss; 8. Rob Brantly, c; 9. Ricky Nolasco, p.