Yelich to be back in LF upon return; Ozuna to CF

Yelich to be back in LF upon return; Ozuna to CF

MIAMI -- When Christian Yelich comes off the disabled list on Sunday, the Marlins anticipate returning to the status quo.

Manager Mike Redmond had considered perhaps going with Yelich in center field and using Marcell Ozuna in left field. But after assessing everything, Redmond on Saturday said he plans on returning Yelich to left and Ozuna will go to center.

"I know O's arm plays better in left, but I like O in center," Redmond said. "That's not to say we won't mix and match as well."

Yelich is capable of playing left or center, but Ozuna has the strongest outfield arm in the organization.

Yelich went on the disabled list on June 16 with a lower-back strain. The 22-year-old was feeling much better a couple of days after tightening up, and he played two rehab assignment games with Triple-A New Orleans on Thursday and Friday night, before returning to Miami on Saturday.

Yelich, batting .259 with a .342 on-base percentage, will return to the leadoff spot now that Rafael Furcal is out indefinitely with a left hamstring strain.

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