Hechavarria's return from hamstring injury uncertain

Shortstop declares himself 70 percent healed, expects to be back in '15

Hechavarria's return from hamstring injury uncertain

MIAMI -- Marlins shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria tested his left hamstring on Tuesday, but still is not ready to run at full strength. Until he can move without any discomfort, the 26-year-old is not expected to return to the lineup.

How long that will be remains unclear. Hechavarria tweaked his hamstring while legging out a bunt single at Atlanta on Sept. 2, and he has just started doing light running.

"He jogged a little today, and that's the beginning of the tests," manager Dan Jennings said. "He hasn't tested it in terms of opening up and running. He's another day or two away from doing that to see exactly where it is."

Hechavarria had been feeling some tenderness in his hamstring shortly before he pulled up while sprinting to first base at Atlanta in a day game after a night game.

"Right now, I'm around 70 percent," Hechavarria said. "I think I'll be back before the season ends. But to rush back from a hamstring isn't easy. I'm not going to play until I don't feel it at all. To play at 90 percent, you can hurt it again. If I can't run right, bunt, steal bases, I'm not going to play like that."

Hechavarria has been one of Miami's most durable and dependable players. When he went down, he was leading all National League shortstops in innings played with 1,120 1/3. Since he's been out, he's now third in that category, behind Washington's Ian Desmond (1,155) and St. Louis' Jhonny Peralta (1,135 2/3).

The Marlins have been giving Miguel Rojas the bulk of the work at shortstop.

Hechavarria shows off range

Hechavarria is now second on the Marlins in games played with 130. Ichiro Suzuki, who started in right field on Tuesday, has now appeared in 131 games.

Hechavarria is having a Gold Glove-caliber season. According to Fangraphs, he boasts the highest UZR (Ultimate Zone Rating) 14.1 and DEF (Defensive Runs Above Average) 19.9, He has a WAR of 2.9, which is third among NL shortstops.

"I think he will be back," Jennings said. "We just don't want to put him out there before he's ready and he potentially does tear it, and he's lost for the year. It will be a process. Some improvement but not ready to open it up."

Worth noting

The Marlins moved injured pitcher Henderson Alvarez (right shoulder) to the 60-day disabled list on Tuesday to make room on the 40-man roster for first baseman/outfielder Tommy Medica, whom they claimed off waivers from the Padres.

Alvarez strikes out Paredes

Miami also recalled right-handed reliever Scott McGough (0-0, 7.36 ERA) from Triple-A New Orleans.

Medica, 27, will not report to the team immediately. While he's now part of the organization, it's unclear if he will join the big league club in September. Medica played in 19 games for San Diego in 2013 (hitting .290 in 69 at-bats), before playing in 102 contests for the Padres last season and batting .233 with nine homers and 27 RBIs. He spent all year with Triple-A El Paso (.259, five homers) prior to being waived.

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.