Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich was available to manager Mike Redmond on Sunday for the first time since June 13, when Yelich sustained a lower-back strain.
Yelich said he felt healthy a week ago, but he was not eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list until Sunday.
“It was a very slow 15 days,” Yelich said Sunday. “I’m glad it’s over with.”
Yelich started in center for Miami on Sunday in the series finale against the Athletics, a 4-3 loss. Yelich, 22, was in the dugout a day earlier, watching his team lose to Oakland, 7-6, in 14 innings.
“That was the toughest thing — the guys were out there battling, going extra innings and coming up a little short,” Yelich said. “Having to sit there and watch it and not being able to do anything about it was the toughest part.’’
Yelich played two games for Double A Jacksonville and a pair for Triple A New Orleans during his rehab stint. He had one home run and hit .200 over those four games.
Outfielder Jake Marisnick was optioned to the minors Saturday to make room for Yelich on the roster.
STANTON IN DERBY
Giancarlo Stanton confirmed Sunday that he has accepted an offer to compete in the 2014 Home Run Derby in Minneapolis, though the team has not yet been formally announced. National League Derby captain Troy Tulowitzki reached out to Stanton during the Marlins’ most recent trip in Philadelphia, and Stanton said he was excited to accept the offer.
With the Marlins in the midst of a four-game losing streak, though, Stanton said he is not thinking much about the July 14 event.
“I’m not worried about it at all at this point,” Stanton said.
“We’ve had a rough couple games, so it’s the last thing on my mind at the moment.”
Stanton leads the National League in home runs (21) and RBI (60).
After leaving Saturday’s game with a cramp, outfielder Marcell Ozuna was not in the starting lineup Sunday. Yelich started in center, and Reed Johnson manned left field.
Ozuna was called on in the sixth as a pinch-hitter and delivered a home run.
Before the game, he said his rest was merely precautionary.
“Tuesday I’ll be able to play,” he said.
The Marlins bullpen entered Sunday third in the majors with 263 1/3 innings pitched, including 20 over the previous three days.
Reliever Mike Dunn, who threw 31 pitches Saturday and has pitched in three of the Marlins’ past four games, said he and his teammates have altered their routines to help deal with the increased workload.
“You’ve got to listen to your body and understand what you can or can’t do on a daily basis leading up to a game,” Dunn said. “I don’t think we’ve played long toss in over a week, and the workout sessions have gone from an hour to 20 to 30 minutes.”
The Marlins called up left-hander Dan Jennings from the minors before Sunday's game to provide depth in the bullpen.
Jennings came in the game to start the seventh inning and provided 1 2/3 innings of perfect work.
COMING UP• Monday : Off.
• Tuesday : Marlins RHP Henderson Alvarez (5-3, 2.32 ERA) vs. Philadelphia Phillies RHP A.J. Burnett (5-7, 3.89), 7:10 p.m., Marlins Park.