Marlins manager Mike Redmond had good news to share before Tuesday's game: pitcher Kevin Slowey (right forearm tightness) and outfielder Marcell Ozuna (ligament tear and fracture in his left thumb) resumed baseball activities this week and will head into the off-season healthy.
"Slowey threw a bullpen today and said things went well," Redmond said. "He threw 25 pitches. So that's good news for him. Obviously he's not going to pitch this season, but for him personally his frame of mind going into the off-season knowing he's going to be healthy that's good for him.
"I didn't mention [Ozuna] yesterday, but he's been swinging the bat the last couple of days. He looks great, has himself in good shape. It looks like his hand is feeling good. He swung the bat good. It's just a timing thing. I think for him too going into the off-season knowing he's feeling good is definitely a good sign. Now he can prepare himself for spring training and get himself ready to compete and win a job."
Slowey, who turns 30 next May, is arbitration eligible this off-season. He went 3-6 with a 4.11 ERA and could be a solid option at long reliever. Ozuna, who turns 23 in November, will likely end up competing with Jake Marisnick to be Miami's third outfielder alongside Christian Yelich and Giancarlo Stanton.
"Every time I show him the lineup card he reminds me he's not on that card," Redmond said of Ozuna. "I tell him 'You will be, don't worry.' He's a good kid, one of those that makes you smile. I know how hungry he is and I'm excited for spring training to see these guys come in and compete. I know there is going to be some great battles for positions and it should make for an interesting spring."