Kotchman joining Marlins in series of moves
First baseman returning from DL, LeBlanc to be designated for assignment
MIAMI -- The Marlins will reinstate first baseman Casey Kotchman from the 15-day disabled list on Monday after optioning outfielder Jordan Brown to Triple-A New Orleans on Sunday.
The club will also designate left-hander Wade LeBlanc for assignment on Monday and recall left-hander Edgar Olmos from Double-A Jacksonville.
Kotchman returns to Miami in time for this week's six-game road trip after he missed 55 games due to a left hamstring strain. He suffered the injury during the Marlins' 3-0 loss to the Nationals on April 3 in Washington.
LeBlanc's departure comes less than a month after he was replaced in the starting rotation by right-hander Tom Koehler. Koehler has notched three consecutive quality starts and will get the call against the Phillies on Monday night in Philadelphia.
The left-handed LeBlanc, who had a 6.11 ERA and a 1.67 WHIP in seven starts, compiled a 2.70 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP in six appearances out of the bullpen.
Brown returns to the Zephyrs after serving mostly as a pinch-hitter in Miami. In 10 plate appearances, Brown was hitting .375 (3-for-8) with a double, a walk and five RBIs.
Olmos is 4-2 with a 1.27 ERA in 19 appearances with the Suns. He has walked 10 and struck out 20 in 28 1/3 innings.
Ozuna's hit streak ends, but impact ongoing
MIAMI -- Marcell Ozuna's pursuit of history came to an end on Saturday afternoon, when he was unable to extend his 16-game hitting streak. Ozuna finished 0-for-3 with a walk in the Marlins' 8-1 win against the Mets.
Ozuna's hitting streak was not only the longest active streak in the Majors before Saturday, but the second-longest hitting streak by a Marlins rookie. Edgar Renteria's 22-game hitting streak in 1996 remains on top.
"I'll try to make another one today," Ozuna said before Sunday's game.
The outfielder did just that, delivering a two-run triple in the first inning off Mets' ace Matt Harvey.
While Ozuna's hitting streak may have ended, his impact on the Marlins in Giancarlo Stanton's absence is ongoing.
Ozuna has been a difference-maker at the plate, batting .321 with 11 RBIs and 50 total bases in 30 games entering Sunday. Since becoming the everyday cleanup hitter on May 12, Ozuna has batted .329 (23-for-70) with seven RBIs in 19 games.
"It's exactly what we want to see," manager Mike Redmond said of the 22-year-old's consistency. "We want guys to take the opportunity and run with it. That's what we've been talking about since Spring Training.
"He's come up. When you've got young guys, you don't really know what you're going to get out of them. For him to come up and do what he's doing, it's been unbelievable. It's been exciting. It's been fun to watch him."
While Ozuna has shined at the plate, he has not shown much of the power he used to hit 69 home runs in the Minors from 2010-12. Ozuna has just one homer, which came in a 2-0 win against the Phillies on May 4.
Redmond believes Ozuna's power will resurface as the 22-year-old becomes more comfortable and more experienced.
"With all of the pressure that surrounds being a young guy trying to stay and trying to contribute, it takes a little while for guys to relax and kind of feel comfortable before they start really trusting their swing," Redmond said. "It's in there. It's definitely in there. I'm happy with his at-bats. The swing is good. The swing is solid. The approach, I love. The power's going to come. I think the message for him is just stick with your approach that's gotten you to this point."
Young Turner, Fernandez impress Marlins
MIAMI -- The Marlins caught a glimpse of the future this weekend, with right-handers Jacob Turner and Jose Fernandez turning in scoreless outings against the Mets on Friday and Saturday.
Fernandez and Turner surrendered only eight combined hits in 14 shutout innings, giving Miami a series win and its first chance for a series sweep.
"Pitching sets the tone," manager Mike Redmond said. "Those guys have gone out there the last two days against a hot team and pitched really well and given us a chance."
Redmond has paired Fernandez and Turner with catcher Jeff Mathis recently in an effort to have the veteran provide a calming influence to the young pitchers.
In limited work with both hurlers, Mathis had nothing but praise for Fernandez and Turner.
"You get young guys coming up, and you want them to start off well and do well," Mathis said. "Those guys did a little more than that. To be so young, they really had a good idea of what they wanted to do on the mound."
Mathis admits he is still learning Fernandez and Turner, their tendencies and their styles. However, he is confident in the duo's ability to anchor the Marlins' rotation for years to come.
"They've got some great arms," Mathis said. "They're good pitchers."
Joe Morgan is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.