PHILADELPHIA -- Mike Redmond hasn’t really had the chance to manage the team he thought he would have this season. But nearly 60 games in, it appears he’s getting a lot closer to it.
With All-Star right fielder Giancarlo Stanton playing in his first rehab games Tuesday in Jupiter, first baseman Logan Morrison nearing the end of his rehab stint at Triple A New Orleans (it ends June 8) and right-hander Nathan Eovaldi making his third rehab start in Double A Jacksonville on Tuesday, it’s becoming more and more likely the Marlins could have as many as three huge pieces back on the team sometime next week when they return home from their current road trip.
In anticipation of those arrivals, Redmond said the Marlins are working Chris Coghlan at third base and rookie Marcell Ozuna in center and left.
Coghlan, who has been red-hot at the plate (posting a .390 batting average with eight RBI since being inserted into the lineup on May 18), said Tuesday he has been taking grounders all season with infield coach Perry Hill before games and during batting practice in anticipation of a possible switch. Ozuna has said in the past he has no problem playing center field and believes he has the speed to do it. He certainly has the arm.
“Looking down the road we want to try to keep [Coghlan’s] bat in there — somewhere in that lineup,’’ Redmond said. “That could be a spot where we could get him some at-bats.’’
Coghlan hasn’t played third base regularly since 2009 when he was in New Orleans but said Tuesday the hot corner has always been his natural position. He played third for three seasons in college at Mississippi and then his first year of rookie ball before the Marlins moved him to second. It wasn’t until he got called up to the big leagues that Coghlan became an outfielder. Coghlan spent this past winter playing second base in the Dominican.
With top prospects Christian Yelich and Jake Marisnick roaming the outfield in Jacksonville, Ozuna swinging a hot bat himself and Stanton around, it only makes sense Coghlan find a home in the infield. With Placido Polanco, 37, struggling and signed to a one-year deal, Coghlan’s old position could eventually become his long-term home.
“I’ve played it longer than any other position by far,’’ Coghlan said of third base. “Honestly, I look at it only as a value. I saw what [ Alfredo] Amezaga did, what [ Emilio] Bonifacio did. You’re just thinking you can help the team when you can play different spots.’’
Former World Series-winning manager Jack McKeon, 82, had successful heart bypass surgery Monday and is recovering in a Duke University hospital.
“From what I’ve heard, his surgery went well. It was a long day for him and the family,’’ Redmond said. “All of us who have been around Jack are relieved his surgery was successful and that he’s doing well. We just hope and wish him a speedy recovery. He’s such a great guy.’’
• Wednesday: Marlins RHP Jacob Turner (1-0, 0.00 ERA) at Philadelphia Phillies LHP Cole Hamels (1-9, 4.86), 1:05 p.m.
• Thursday: Off.
• Scouting report: Turner has never faced the Phillies. Hamels is 0-2 with a 2.25 ERA against the Marlins in three starts this season. He’s 8-12 with a 3.24 ERA in his career against Miami.