MIAMI -- Shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria, one of two Marlins infielders to fall victim to the disabled list in the last week, was in good spirits before Friday's game vs. the Athletics at Marlins Park.
It probably had to do with how he wasn't feeling much soreness in his right triceps anymore. The shortstop will start throwing on Sunday, and he should be ready to return to action in time for the July 6 series finale against the Cardinals.
Hechavarria was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday, retroactive to June 21, after an MRI exam revealed a triceps strain in his right arm. He had spent three days out of the lineup after being scratched before the start of last Saturday's game against the Mets.
Even though starting pitcher Henderson Alvarez, who has a locker next to Hechavarria, was jokingly saying otherwise, Hechavarria assured reporters his triceps was feeling much better than it had when he felt a "small tug" in his throwing arm during batting practice on Saturday.
"Before, I'd make a move and it would bother my triceps, but now I'm feeling good," Hechavarria said. "Right now I'm not feeling any pain or annoyance. I think in a week I should be fine."
With Ed Lucas patrolling the middle of the infield in the meantime, manager Mike Redmond doesn't feel it necessary to push Hechavarria too hard. He doesn't anticipate Hechavarria needing much rehab time, but he still wants to be careful.
"We've got time with him," Redmond said. "So if Sunday he says he's fine to play catch, then great. We wanna make sure that when these 15 days are up that he's 100 percent ready to go."
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