Adeiny Hechavarria is eligible to come off the disabled list today for the Miami Marlins and by all indications the team will activate their starting shortstop. Hechavarria has been sidelined since April 18 due to an elbow contusion.
Hechavarria had hit just .184/.231/.286 through 52 PA on the season before landing on the DL. The 24 year old was one of the pieces acquired by the Marlins in their November trade with the Toronto Blue Jays, the deal that shipped Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle, and others north of the border. Hechavarria has long been known as a defensive standout, but his bat has been a question mark since he was originally signed as a free agent after defecting from Cuba. He’s been rehabbing with the organization’s Class-A affiliate in Jupiter.
To make room on the active roster, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com believes that the Marlins will end up designating infielder Nick Green for assignment. Green was brought in on a minor league deal in the offseason and has seen limited playing time with the Marlins, earning just 30 PA. He’s hit well in that span – posting a .292/.321/.417 line – but the veteran has never posted strong numbers over an extender period of time in parts of eight seasons in the Major Leagues. It remains unclear if Green will accept a demotion to Triple-A, barring a deal that will send him to another team.
Green is understandably disappointed by the potential move, as he told Frisaro:
it’s disappointing. Everybody wants to be in the big leagues and you got to try to do the best you can when you get a chance. That’s all I could do.