Casey McGehee wasn’t just the best player on the Marlins when it came to driving in runners in scoring position in 2014. For much of the season, he was the best in the majors. Now the Marlins are entertaining the idea of bringing McGehee back to see if he can re-discover some of his old magic.
McGehee, who was released by the Giants after a subpar season in San Francisco, remains on release waivers until 1 p.m. Friday. After that, the Marlins are expected to make a push to bring back their third baseman. Assuming he signs, it’s uncertain whether he would start out on the team’s big-league roster or first be sent to the minors to work on his swing.
McGehee hit .319 with runners in scoring position last season with the Marlins while being named the National League’s Comeback Player of the Year. But he also led the majors in grounding into double plays with 31. After the Marlins acquired Martin Prado over the winter, McGehee became expendable and they dealt him to the Giants. But McGehee’s offensive numbers diminished in San Francisco, where he hit just .213 this season before his release.
The Marlins are awaiting Prado’s return from the disabled list. Prado is expected back shortly after the All-Star break, but he told reporters Thursday that he still feels discomfort in his injured right shoulder when he throws. He has played in two rehab games with Single A Jupiter, but as a designated hitter.
Of course Giancarlo Stanton is bummed he won’t be playing in next week’s All-Star Game, or participating in the Home Run Derby. Stanton was voted in by fans, but underwent surgery on his left hand June 28 after breaking the hamate bone.
“It’s great that I got voted in and to be a part of it,” Stanton said. “But not to be able to participate [stinks]. Never ideal.”
At the time of the surgery, Stanton was expected to miss four to six weeks. He said the healing process is “right on track,” but that he continues to feel some pain in the hand and is still unable to make a fist.
“Not full range of motion, yet,” Stanton said.
Stanton said he might still attend the All-Star Game and take part in the festivities. But he said the first order of business is making sure his hand is OK.
“I have to get this completely right,” Stanton said of his hand, which still contains stitches.
With the second-worst record in the majors, the Marlins have finally reached the jumping-off point on the season and are telling teams they’ll listen to offers for pitchers Mat Latos, Dan Haren and Brad Hand, and backup infielder Jeff Baker.
None of the names come as any surprise.
Latos and Haren have long been rumored as prime trade candidates. They, like Baker, are eligible for free agency after the season and not in the Marlins’ long-term plans. Nor is the lefty Hand, who has remained on the 25-man roster the past two seasons, in large part because he has been out of options.
▪ Friday: Marlins RHP David Phelps (4-4, 4.03) vs. Cincinnati Reds RHP Mike Leake (5-5, 4.39), 7:10 p.m., Marlins Park.
▪ Saturday: Marlins RHP Mat Latos (3-6, 4.90) vs. Cincinnati Reds RHP Anthony DeSclafani (5-6, 3.65), 4:10 p.m., Marlins Park.