Originally posted on Fox Sports Florida  |  Last updated 6/10/13
MIAMI With his return and that of Giancarlo Stanton to the Miami Marlins lineup after long absences, Logan Morrison was told it was too bad the seasons first two months couldnt be erased. Why cant you? LoMo said. I wasnt here, so its a fresh start for me. I just have to bring that attitude to these guys, and hopefully it wears off. Every days a new day. Its the beginning of a new season. Thats the way we have to look at it. Dont worry about the records, dont worry about the standings, just continue to compete. Morrison spoke hours before the Marlins opened a homestand Monday night with a game against the Milwaukee Brewers. He returned from offseason knee surgery and played in his first game of the season in Sundays 8-4 win at the New York Mets. Stanton was activated from the disabled list Monday afternoon. He had been sidelined since April 30 with a Grade II hamstring strain. The two hitters join an offense that was batting .230 with a National League low 31 homers. Weve obviously been waiting for this day for a while, Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. Ive been happy with the way weve grinded it out. Weve put together some good games over the past 10 days. Hopefully, we can carry that with a boost from Stanton and LoMo. Ill be honest with you, getting LoMo back, you could sense and feel guys were excited. And knowing Stanton was coming back today definitely energized this team. Against Milwaukees Yovani Gallardo, Stanton and Morrison were separated by hot-hitting rookie Marcell Ozuna in the lineup. Its great to see them coming back, said Ozuna, batting cleanup. I have more protection in the lineup one behind me and one in front of me. Stanton, hitting third, returned to his familiar right-field position. That moved Ozuna to center. When all three are swinging their best, Stanton-Ozuna-Morrison forms a dangerous middle of the order. It strengthens our lineup and it stretches the lineup, too, Redmond said. We can drop (Derek) Dietrich down farther in the order. It gives a little length to the order and it makes the middle of the order more of a threat. It also will help if the sluggers stay healthy and offer Redmond a consistent part of the lineup. Consistency always is a catalyst for success, Morrison said. Unlike Morrison and Stanton, who had jobs waiting for them upon their returns, second baseman Donovan Solano (intercostal strain) lost his spot to rookie Dietrich. Solano and first baseman Joe Mahoney (hamstring) were activated from the disabled list Monday and sent to Triple-A New Orleans of the Pacific Coast League. Unfortunately in this game, when you get hurt sometimes, Redmond said, its not a guarantee youre going to be back out there when youre healthy. Its likely nobody has to tell that to outfielder Chris Coghlan and first baseman Casey Kotchman. Coghlan was hitting .277 before going on the DL Sunday with a right calf injury. Kotchman (oblique) was put on the 15-day DL Monday. Better news involved pitchers Nathan Eovaldi and Henderson Alvarez, both sidelined with shoulder injuries. Eovaldi had been scheduled to make a final rehab start at Double-A Jacksonville, but the game was rained out. Redmond said Alvarez would begin his rehab assignment at Class A Jupiter on Thursday. Theres also outfielder Christian Yelich, whos at Double-A Jacksonville. He had been expected to join the big club at midseason following a tremendous spring. An abdominal injury, however, has put Yelich on the DL and likely has pushed back his appearance in Miami Stanton, for one, no longer wants to hear about whos coming up or whos being activated from the DL. His focus is on one thing. Build with what weve got and keep the guys here in the lineup that we got we can start there, Stanton said. Im sick of the, what is this going to be, what is that going to be. Just have us all together and work from there. Theres no, Were going to do this in a week, and this when this guy comes up. We have to do with what we have here. Charlie McCarthy can be reached at mac1763@bellsouth.net or on Twitter @mccarthy_chas
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