CINCINNATI -- At some point, the Marlins envision Enrique Hernandez as being an everyday player in the big leagues. For now, the 23-year-old will be given more regular playing time in the Minor Leagues.
Hernandez was optioned on Friday to Triple-A New Orleans on a busy transaction day for Miami, which also optioned lefty Brian Flynn to New Orleans and placed reliever Dan Jennings on the seven-day concussion disabled list. Infielder Ed Lucas, right-hander Anthony DeSclafani and lefty Edgar Olmos were recalled from Triple-A.
After the Marlins' 2-1 win over the Reds on Friday night, the club announced that Olmos was optioned back to New Orleans and Brad Penny was called up from there to start Saturday night's game at Great American Ball Park.
The Marlins acquired Hernandez and right-hander Jarred Cosart from the Astros on July 31 for prospects Jake Marisnick and Colin Moran.
Hernandez, however, hadn't been getting regular playing time with Jordany Valdespin and Donovan Solano playing a majority of the time at second base.
In four games, Hernandez was hitless in seven at-bats.
At New Orleans, he will see a majority of his time at second base. But he will also see action at third base and the outfield.
"He's still a young guy, and he needs to play every day," manager Mike Redmond said. "It's tough. I talk about it a lot: Young guys coming to the big leagues and sitting on the bench. It's tough. A lot of them are not conditioned for that role. They're used to playing every day."
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