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Struggling Ozuna -- hitting .140 in May -- dropped to eighth in Marlins lineup

The month of May hasn't been kind to Marlins center fielder Marcell Ozuna.

After finishing the first month of the season with a .310 batting average, Ozuna has hit just .140 over his last 18 games.

Wednesday, he was moved back into the eighth spot in the lineup. He hasn't hit in that spot since April 6.

Over his  57 at-bats this month, Ozuna has only eight hits, two homers and seven RBI. He's struckout 22 times and walked just twice.

"He goes through spurts where he's too aggressive and then he's too patient," manager Mike Redmond said. "He'll take some fastballs and swing at some breaking balls, which happens with a lot of young guys.

"The big leagues are a monster. We've talked about there being a learning curve for our young guys. The league continues to make adjustments on them and they have to make adjustments to the league. Scouts are out there every night and trying to pick out weaknesses they can exploit. Ozuna needs to make some adjustments. But he has the ability to make those adjustments.

"At the same time too you've got to do it in a game. I know he can do it. He's been great out there in center field. But now we're at a time he needs to keep battling. Hopefully tonight he can go out there and get a couple big hits. I'm sure he feels a little bit of pressure. These guys all know where they're at. It's all about making adjustments."


> Marlins (23-23): 1. Christian Yelich LF, 2. Derek Dietrich 2B, 3. Giancarlo Stanton RF, 4. Casey McGehee 3B, 5. Garrett Jones 1B, 6. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, 7. Ed Lucas SS, 8. Marcell Ozuna CF, 9. Nathan Eovaldi RHP