When Marlins manager Mike Redmond finished his injury update before batting practice Tuesday, he smiled.
“We’re starting to move some dirt,” Redmond said. “That feels good.”
Yes, the Marlins are getting healthier — and thereby moving some dirt.
On Wednesday, slugger Giancarlo Stanton took live batting practice at Marlins Park for the first time since straining his right hamstring on April 30.
Redmond tossed the BP session and said Stanton was swinging the bat well.
“He looked good,” Redmond said, “like he was feeling all right. I didn’t ask him afterwards; I’m just going off the results. He was hitting them out. It’s another encouraging sign that he’s a little closer to being back on the field.”
Other position players who could be back in the coming weeks include Logan Morrison and Joe Mahoney.
Both are rehabbing injuries in Jupiter, with Morrison playing for the Single A Hammerheads of the Florida State League.
Redmond said Morrison — who has been out all season after having surgery on his right knee last year — would continue playing in Jupiter through the weekend before he reports to Double A Jacksonville on Monday.
Mahoney, who has a right hamstring strain, is expected to report to Triple A New Orleans on Sunday.
“We’re going to split them up because they’re ready to be out there in the field,” Redmond said. “I’ve still never seen this guy [Morrison] play in a game. I’m like the fans; I’m excited to see him play.”
• Duane Below didn’t make the first impression with the Marlins that he had hoped to Tuesday but said he has plenty to work on.
Below, picked up off waivers from Detroit last month, was recalled from New Orleans on Saturday but didn’t appear in a game until Tuesday. Below came into a 1-1 game in the sixth inning and gave up a leadoff single to Ryan Howard before Delmon Young doubled.
The Phillies took a 2-1 lead off Below in the sixth, then put runners on to start the seventh before he was pulled. Below’s ERA after his one-plus inning: 27.00.
“It was good to finally get in there, but that wasn’t the way I wanted to start my season with the Marlins,” said Below, who had been starting for Triple A Toledo (Ohio) with the Tigers organization and in New Orleans.
“I was a little excited, a little nervous. But there are a lot of positives. I just have to build on it and do what I’ve been doing all season. I just have to get some outs when I get the opportunity.”
• Thursday: Off.
• Friday: Marlins RHP Tom Koehler (0-2, 2.82 ERA) at Chicago White Sox LHP John Danks (3-4, 5.70 in 2012), 8:10 p.m., U.S. Cellular Field.
• Scouting report: The Chicago Sun-Times reported that the White Sox will start Danks against the Marlins in his first start after having shoulder surgery in August. Danks hasn’t pitched in a year. Koehler only gave up a leadoff homer to Gerardo Parra in his previous start against Arizona, which held up as the Diamondbacks won 1-0.