ATLANTA -- The Marlins are close to getting Marcell Ozuna back, but first, the club wants to make sure he is healthy. The 24-year-old outfielder injured his left wrist while sliding into second base on Saturday night while playing for Triple-A New Orleans.
Indications are Ozuna will miss just a couple of days. When he shows he can swing the bat without discomfort, he will be a candidate to be recalled.
Marlins manager Dan Jennings spoke with New Orleans manager Andy Haines on Sunday to get an update on Ozuna, who was Miami's Opening Day center fielder.
"He sprained his wrist," Jennings said. "He went to the hospital for evaluation. Everything is OK. No fractures. It's just kind of a day-to-day injury."
Optioned to New Orleans on July 5, Ozuna is batting .303 with five homers and 11 RBIs in 30 games.
Before being demoted, Ozuna was mired in a 1-for-36 slump, which lowered his batting average with Miami to .249 with a .301 on-base and .337 slugging percentage.
Ozuna, like many on the team, has had a rough season. After belting 23 home runs and driving in 85 last year, he was optioned with four homers and 26 RBIs in 79 games.
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