Like pretty much everyone else, Giancarlo Stanton grew tired of watching the Marlins lose during his stint on the disabled list. With his return from the DL, he now has a chance to improve matters.
“Some of those games I don’t like to watch,” Stanton said. “Well, all of them I don’t like to sit and watch. Some were uglier than others.”
Stanton, who had been out since April 29 with a hamstring injury, was activated from the DL on Monday and was immediately thrust into the lineup. It’s the first time since July 7 of last season that he and Logan Morrison, who returned Sunday from the DL, were in the lineup at the same time.
“Finally, a little get-together of what people thought this lineup would look like,” Stanton said. “Obviously, the lineup’s a lot better. I’m just happy I’m finally here and can contribute now. It’s been a long time.”
Whether Stanton is 100 percent healthy is another question.
“I’m good enough to be here,” he said.
Asked if that meant he wasn’t quite up to full speed, Stanton bristled with his response: “I’m 100 percent. There you go. I’m fine to be here. Thank you.”
Stanton went 0 for 15 during his minor-league rehabilitation with Single A Jupiter.
Asked if he thought he would be able to play on consecutive days, Stanton replied: “I prefer to be out there. So as long as I don’t get extra sore playing a few days in a row, I’d rather be out there than resting. I’ve had enough rest this season.”
Not that he has shown a need for lineup protection, but hot-hitting rookie Marcell Ozuna now has the luxury of hitting in the sweet spot — behind Stanton and in front of Morrison, now that both are back from the disabled list.
“I’ve got protection now,” said Ozuna, who entered Monday with a .331 average. “If they don’t pitch to Stanton, they’ll pitch to me. If they don’t pitch to me, they’ll pitch to LoMo. We’ve got a chance to score runs now.”
With Stanton rejoining the lineup and returning to his old spot in right field, Ozuna moves to center field even though he has little experience there. Neither he nor manager Mike Redmond believe he’ll have a hard time adjusting.
• To make room for Stanton, the Marlins placed first baseman Casey Kotchman (oblique strain) on the 15-day DL.
• The Marlins also activated infielder Donovan Solano and first baseman Joe Mahoney from the DL on Monday and optioned both players to Triple A New Orleans. Solano’s injury cost him the starting job at second base for the Marlins.
“[ Derek] Dietrich came up, has done a tremendous job,” Redmond said. “He’s won that spot.”
• Nathan Eovaldi’s rehab start on Sunday was shortened by rain after one inning. As a result, Redmond said Eovaldi is scheduled for another rehab start on Thursday for Double A Jacksonville. He could join the Marlins rotation after that point.
• Henderson Alvarez (shoulder) will begin his rehab assignment Thursday at Jupiter.
The Marlins are awaiting the results of a MRI performed Monday on Chris Coghlan, who landed on the DL with right calf nerve irritation.
• Tuesday: Marlins RHP Jacob Turner (1-0, 0.69 ERA) vs. Milwaukee Brewers RHP Wily Peralta (4-7, 6.16), 7:10 p.m., Marlins Park.
• Wednesday: Marlins RHP Kevin Slowey (2-5, 3.77) vs. Brewers RHP Alfredo Figaro (0-0, 4.08), 7:10 p.m., Marlins Park.
• Scouting report: Peralta’s only previous appearance against the Marlins came in his first major-league start Sept. 5. Peralta went six innings and earned the win, his first as a major-leaguer.