Yelich on track with scheduled rehab outings
Marlins outfielder expected to return on Sunday when eligible to come off DL
PHILADELPHIA -- Christian Yelich has been on the 15-day disabled list with a lower back strain since June 16, retroactive to June 14, and is set to play in four rehab games prior to his expected return on Sunday.
The Marlins' left fielder is scheduled to play two games with Class A Advanced Jupiter and two with Triple-A New Orleans before his expected return to Miami.
"If everything goes well, which we're anticipating, he'll be back Sunday," manager Mike Redmond said.
Yellich has gotten comfortable as Miami's table-setter. He owns a .263 batting average with six homers, 22 RBIs, 39 runs and 10 steals in 58 games as the leadoff hitter. When he returns, Redmond plans on plugging Yelich right back into the leadoff spot.
"I thought he did a great job leading off and in a role where we had him up there a little bit last year," Redmond said. "Wasn't sure how he would respond to it but with his approach and his ability hit, he's very consistent for us. He got on base a lot, he has great at-bats, and gives you little pop at the top of the order."
The 22-year-old Yelich, who Redmond called a "skinny guy" and said still has "a lot of growth" left in him, has established his prowess atop the lineup, but Redmond could also see him as a middle-of-the-order hitter as he continues to develop.
"My vision for him was maybe to hit third," Redmond said. "I mean, I think that's the type of hitter he's going to turn into. I think he's going to be a 15 to 20 home-run type guy as he continues to grow and learn to hit at the big league level.
"But you never know. Maybe he's a leadoff guy for the rest of his career. He's so good there that you can't take him out of that spot. We'll see."
Furcal dealing with Grade 3 hamstring strain
PHILADELPHIA -- Marlins second baseman Rafael Furcal, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Sunday, has been diagnosed with a Grade 3 left hamstring strain.
Furcal missed the first two months of the season with hamstring and groin injuries, and is expected to miss a "significant amount of time" as he recovers from this injury.
"I don't think we're prepared to say he's done for the year," Redmond said. "He's done for quite a bit of time. I'm not sure how long."
Hechavarria needs extra rest with sore elbow
PHILADELPHIA -- Marlins shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria sat for the third straight game on Monday night as he recovers from some right elbow soreness.
Hechavarria, who is batting .272 with 17 RBIs and 25 runs scored, was expected to return to the lineup on Monday, but manager Mike Redmond wanted to give him one more day of rest.
"I thought he was going to be OK, ready to go. He felt like he needed one more day with his arm," Redmond said. "He was going to hit today, do all baseball activities. He should be fine."
Ed Lucas made his third consecutive start at shortstop for Miami.
Erik Bacharach is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.