Logan Morrison’s minor-league rehab assignment will move to Double-A Jacksonville on Monday and he could rejoin the Marlins as early as the end of next week.
Manager Mike Redmond said on Wednesday that Morrison will play four more games — three at first base and one as the designated hitter — at Single-A Jupiter before making the trip to northern Florida.
Redmond said he “wouldn’t be surprised” to have Morrison back with the Marlins by June 1 if “everything continues to progress.”
Morrison, recovering from off-season knee surgery, could help beef up a Marlins’ hitting attack whose .224 team batting average is the worst in baseball.
“It’s exciting,” Redmond said. “I still have never seen this guy play in a game. I’ve heard a lot about him and I’m probably just like the fans — I’m excited to see him play.”
Redmond also said that first baseman Joe Mahoney will be sentto Triple-A New Orleans after playing for Jupiter on Friday night.
Stanton takes another step: Giancarlo Stanton took batting practice for the first time since going on the disabled list with a hamstring injury.
Getting a first-hand look was Redmond, who threw batting practice to the All-Star outfielder.
“He looked good,” Redmond said. “He hit a bunch of balls out and his swing looked good. It’s another step, an encouraging sign that he’s getting a little closer to getting back on the field.”
Redmond did not indicate when Stanton would begin a rehab assignment.
No griping from Cishek: Steve Cishek said he has no one to blame for losing his job as the Marlins’ full-time closer but himself.
Redmond said Monday night that Cishek would share the closer duties with Chad Qualls and Mike Dunn. Cishek has earned saves in 5-of-6 opportunities but has a 4.91 ERA and has struggled mightily against left-handed hitters.
“The bottom line is that I didn’t get the job done,” Cishek said before Wednesday night’s game against Philadelphia. “I’m kind of disappointed in myself. I’m trying to get back on the right track.”
Redmond reiterated that Cishek will still get some chances for saves and that he was not unhappy with the side-armer. The move was really made, Redmond said, to get Cishek into more games.
“I think we’re doing him a disservice if we sit him down for five or six or seven days, waiting to get a save situation,” Redmond said. “It’s more important to get him consistent work.”
Cishek said he’s gotten into trouble by regularly falling behind hitters, a result of trying to get used to throwing from a higher arm slot this season. Whatever the reason, Cishek said he must do better.
“I knew I wasn’t getting the job done,” Cishek said. “The bottom line is that (Redmond) needs somebody out there that’s going to shut the door and I wasn’t doing it.”