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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."

WEDNESDAY'S LINEUP

> 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

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bob

Ozuna better watch out. Jake Marisnick has been improving in the minors and could force the Marlins to choose against Ozuna soon.

Lou Vales

The most galling aspect of a couple of guys' AB's is the non-adjustment. Every AB looks the same. Breaking ball out of the zone chased and fastball down the middle is taken.Wouldn't there be even an iota of improvement if they saw what they were doing and received some work.

A Realist

I want Ozuna to do well. At the same time we need guys to hit and play consistent. We need o figure out what we have in Marisnick, as well. When this Stanton thing comes to a head, the Marlins will have to decide whether to keep Stanton obviously. If he is retained we need to decide on Marisnick or Ozuna. Yelich is staying put right where he is. I think we would all agree.

Dionysus Thelxinoe

Realist, when the Stanton thing comes to a head, the decision will be Stanton's to make, not the Marlins.

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