Hechavarria starts Class A rehab Friday

Hechavarria starts Class A rehab Friday

MIAMI -- Marlins shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria will head to Class A Advanced Jupiter on Friday if he continues to make strides in his recovery from a strained right triceps.

The 25-year-old has been out of the lineup for almost two weeks since he landed on the 15-day disabled list on June 25, retroactive to June 21. He's eligible to rejoin the Marlins on Sunday at St. Louis.

Hechavarria took ground balls and threw to first base on Tuesday for the second time since he was scratched from the Marlins' lineup on June 21 against the Mets. He will have a third throwing session and take batting practice on Thursday.

Should all go well, the Marlins have planned for Hechavarria, who started 72 of Miami's 73 games before his injury, to play at least one rehab game with the Hammerheads in Jupiter, Fla.

However, manager Mike Redmond wouldn't be opposed if Hechavarria needed more than one start. With Donovan Solano and Ed Lucas proving to be capable backups at short, Redmond has insisted that Hechavarria be at full strength before he returns to the Marlins' lineup.

"We'll play that one by ear but that's the plan," Redmond said. "If he needs a couple extra days, we have that."

Hechavarria was showing signs of coming out a slump before the triceps strain. In 13 games from June 6-20, the right-hander hit at a .308 clip (16-for-52) with two doubles and four RBIs.

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