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Jake Marisnick will get the squeeze when Christian Yelich returns from the DL

Jun 28, 2014, 11:05 PM EST

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Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich will return from the disabled list on Sunday, and when he does, he’ll take back his spot in left field, while Marcell Ozuna will slide back to center field, MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro reports. As a result, Jake Marisnick — who has been playing in center field with Yelich absent — will be squeezed out and could even be sent back to Triple-A.

Yelich, 22, has been on the disabled list since June 14 with a lower back strain. Prior to the injury, he slashed .259/.342/.418 with six home runs, 24 RBI, and 10 stolen bases.

Marisnick, 23, has struggled in 47 plate appearances at the major league level. Entering Saturday’s action, he is slashing .159/.213/.159 with no homers or RBI and five stolen bases. Entering the season, Marisnick ranked among baseball’s 100 best prospects according to both Baseball America and MLB.com.

  1. Old Gator - Jun 29, 2014 at 12:39 AM

    Marisnick was called up as a band-aid. It makes sense to send him down – obviously, despite his speed and the fact that he’s a natural center fielder with excellent range, he hasn’t shown he can hit major league pitching so far. Better to return him to triple-A than bring him up cheaply and prematurely, the standard Scrooge McLoria gambit, and ruin him the way the Feesh have ruined other rookies like Andrew Miller and are in the process of making a mess out of Jacob Turner.

  2. proudlycanadian - Jun 29, 2014 at 6:23 AM

    Marisnick clearly needs more time in the minors.

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