CINCINNATI -- On the same day the Marlins welcomed slugger Giancarlo Stanton back to their lineup, they placed shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria on the 15-day disabled list with a right elbow contusion.
“I’d like to be adding guys,” said manager Mike Redmond, “and not adding and subtracting.”
It has been a tough first few weeks for the rookie manager, who has had one player after another either land on the disabled list or miss time because of one ailment or another, everything from stiff shoulders to irregular heartbeats.
“At this point, I just shake my head and move on,” Redmond said.
Hechavarria apparently injured his right arm while making a throw during batting practice Wednesday. The Marlins initially feared a serious injury that could have required a four-week healing period. But an MRI did not reveal any ligament damage, and the Marlins are hopeful he’ll be back on the field for them after the 15 days are up.
Hechavarria becomes the ninth player placed on the disabled list since March 31, the day before the start of the regular season when the Marlins set their roster.
The Marlins promoted infielder Nick Green from Triple A New Orleans to fill Hechavarria’s roster spot. Chris Valaika started at shortstop on Thursday when the Marlins opened a four-game series in Cincinnati. In addition, pitcher Nathan Eovaldi was transferred to the 60-day DL to make room for Green on the 40-man roster.
The Marlins initially thought Eovaldi, out with right shoulder inflammation, would be ready to return to the rotation by May 1 at the latest. But Eovaldi picked up a baseball for the first time Wednesday and began playing catch, Redmond said. He is now eligible along with first baseman Logan Morrison (right knee) to come off the DL on May 30 at the earliest.
Pierre sits out
Juan Pierre rarely missed a game when he was with the Marlins from 2003 to ’05. But he was a healthy scratch on Thursday. Part of the reason: Redmond wanted to give him a day off. The other: the Marlins were facing Reds left-hander Tony Cingrani, and Pierre is hitting just .087 (2 for 23) against southpaws this season.
Cingrani was the first left-hander to make a start for Cincinnati since Sept. 29, 2011, when Dontrelle Willis was on the mound.
• It took Valaika only six games to match a franchise record. Valaika is just the fourth Marlins player to start at least one game at all four infield spots in a season. The others: Mike Mordecai and Andy Fox in 2003 and Damion Easley in 2004.
• That game-winning infield hit by Chris Coghlan on Saturday? Never mind. After reviewing the play, the league changed it to a fielder’s choice and error on Chase Utley.
• Friday: Marlins RHP Kevin Slowey (0-2, 2.04 ERA) at Cincinnati Reds RHP Mat Latos (0-0, 3.26), 7:10 p.m., Great American Ball Park.
• Saturday: Marlins LHP Wade LeBlanc (0-3, 6.75) at Reds RHP Bronson Arroyo (2-1, 4.05), 1:10 p.m., Great American Ball Park.
• Scouting report: Even though the Marlins have yet to score a run for Slowey in any of his three starts while he has been on the mound, the pitcher’s personal losing streak ended Sunday after 10 consecutive defeats dating to 2011.