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Marlins’ Ozuna back in lineup after missing two games with inflamed wrist

Center fielder Marcell Ozuna’s inflamed wrist was improved enough that the Marlins put him back in the starting lineup against Detroit on Tuesday.
Center fielder Marcell Ozuna’s inflamed wrist was improved enough that the Marlins put him back in the starting lineup against Detroit on Tuesday. pportal@elnuevoherald.com

After missing two games with an inflamed left wrist, Marlins center fielder Marcell Ozuna was inserted back into the starting lineup Tuesday, batting cleanup.

Before the game, Ozuna said he was feeling good enough to play.

“My wrist is feeling better,” he said. “There was a little inflammation a couple of days ago and I got a little treatment and everything and it’s all better now. I’m ready to play and we’ll see what happens tonight.”

Marlins manager Don Mattingly said there doesn’t seem to be any lingering issues with Ozuna’s wrist.

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“Well, if there is, I wouldn’t be putting him in there,” he said. “I’m listening to him. He says he feels good. For me, if he didn’t feel good, if he didn’t feel 100 percent, I wouldn’t want him back in there today.”

HUNT FOR 3,000

Marlins right fielder Ichiro Suzuki entered Tuesday’s game with 2,984 major league hits — 16 shy of 3,000.

“It’s amazing to see that,” Marlins hitting coach Barry Bonds said. “It’s unbelievable. I just love it.”

Bonds said every time Suzuki comes to bat — whether in a game or in batting practice — he can do little more than watch him, slack-jawed.

“It’s like your mouth drops,” Bonds said. “I got to see things I was doing at his age and his preparation, the way he gets ready every day [and] how hard he works. He’s one guy you need to look at.”

Tigers catcher James McCann said Suzuki has an impressive ability to hit for power, too.

“In game, he just makes contact so well, but in batting practice he can put on the best home run shows of anyone,” McCann said. A guy who you look at sometimes as a slap hitter, a guy who is going to take his singles, and watching how far he hits the ball in batting practice, that’s pretty incredible.”

GREATEST HITS

Bonds — who finished his 21-year career with 762 home runs — shared his thoughts of Tigers’ first baseman, and 2012 Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera — who has 424 homers in 14 seasons.

Cabrera was signed by the Marlins in 1999 as an amateur free agent, and made his major league debut on June 20, 2003. Cabrera was traded to the Tigers prior to the 2007 season.

Cabrera — hitting .296 for the season, with 16 home runs and 45 RBI — was 7 for 16 (all singles) against his former team.

“Everybody knew he was going to be good,” Bonds said. “Even when he was in Florida. We were shocked he wasn’t going to be there his whole career.”

And what makes Cabrera so good?

“He has an IQ better than most,” Bonds said. “He’s in that league with his IQ.”

And who is the better hitter?

“He’s close to me,” Bonds said. “But he’s not better than me. That’s putting us in a rivalry that doesn’t need to be there. I don’t think that’s right to do.”

▪ The Marlins called up left-hander Jo-Jo Reyes from New Orleans, and right-hander Paul Clemens, who was placed on waivers, was claimed by the Padres.

▪ Josh Naylor, a Marlins Double A prospect, was selected to the World team roster for the Futures Game during All-Star Weekend.

COMING UP

▪ Wednesday: Marlins RHP Tom Koehler (6-6, 4.07 ERA) vs. Tigers LHP Daniel Norris (0-0, 4.50 ERA), 1:10 p.m., Comerica Park.

▪ Thursday: Marlins LHP Wei-Yin Chen (4-2, 5.00 ERA) vs. Atlanta Braves RHP Julio Teheran (3-7, 2.46 ERA), 7:10 p.m., Turner Field.

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