The Miami Marlins have officially activated starting shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria from the club’s 10-day disabled list. In a corresponding roster move, the Marlins optioned fellow infielder J.T. Riddle to Triple-A New Orleans.
Hechavarria spent the last week-and-a-half sidelined because of a strained left oblique. He hasn’t played since back on April 8, but with his return, the Marlins are ready to field their projected Opening Day lineup for the first time this weekend in San Diego.
In his first five games this season, Hechavarria went 4-for-20 (.200) with four singles, one RBI and two runs scored. He also walked once and struck out three times. Clearly, he is off to a bit of a slow start, but it is certainly possible that the lingering oblique issue hindered him prior to his stint on the sideline.
This is Hechavarria’s fifth season with the Marlins. In 584 games while wearing a Miami uniform, he is slashing .254/.292/.333 with 12 home runs, 163 RBI and 191 runs scored. The 28-year-old debuted with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2012, hitting .254 with 10 extra-base hits in 41 games that season. Last season, Hechavarria hit .236 with 26 extra-base hits, including three homers, 38 RBI and 52 runs scored in 155 games.
On the other hand, Riddle is ranked the Marlins’ No. 12 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline. He made his big league debut on April 11 while the 25-year-old infielder went 2-for-14 (.143) with one home run and three RBI in 17 plate appearances. His homer was a big one, though, as it was a walk-off winner on Sunday against the New York Mets.