MIAMI -- Clean play, or incorrect interpretation of the new rule?
Depending on your vantage point, what exactly constitutes the blocking of home plate remains an issue. Twice in Miami's 3-2 win over New York on Friday night, left fielder Marcell Ozuna threw out Mets runners at the plate. Both times New York challenged to see if catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia had provided a lane for the baserunners.
In the eighth inning, David Wright was out by several feet, but New York felt Saltalamacchia was obstructing the runner's path.
An inning later, the game ended when Ozuna nabbed Kirk Nieuwenhuis on more of a close play.
Both plays were challenged; both went in the Marlins' favor.
With Wright, specifically, Saltalamacchia was prepared for a possible collision.
"I think it says, if you catch the ball and you're blocking the plate, the runner is allowed to run you over," Saltalamacchia said. "So in theory, David probably could have run me over. I had plenty of time. On that one, I don't mind that as a catcher, because I had plenty of time to protect myself.
"I gave him a lane. At the last second, I might have been put my foot in front, but I was also receiving the ball at the same time. It didn't deceive where he was going. The ball got there before him. If the ball didn't, then it's on me.
"I think that was a pretty clean play. There was no deceiving of any sort."
Hechavarria sits with soreness in elbow
MIAMI -- One of the most durable Marlins was scratched from the lineup on Saturday afternoon.
As the team was winding down batting practice, shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria -- who has been dealing with soreness in his right elbow since April 2013 -- headed to the clubhouse with trainer Sean Cunningham.
"Hech has had the same re-occurring thing as last year," manager Mike Redmond said. "He gets treatment on it every day. Sometimes it flares up."
Ed Lucas made the start in place of Hechavarria, who is listed as day to day.
Prior to Saturday, Hechavarria appeared in 72 games. Only Giancarlo Stanton (74) and Casey McGehee (73) have been in more.
The 25-year-old is batting .272 with 10 doubles and three triples. In the past week, he hit either second or eighth in the lineup.
Ozuna might have thrown wrench into outfield plans
MIAMI -- If the first throw didn't get manager Mike Redmond thinking, the second one certainly did.
After seeing Marcell Ozuna throw out David Wright in the eighth inning and Kirk Nieuwenhuis in the ninth on Friday, Redmond may reconsider how he uses his outfielders.
Ozuna had been moved to left field on Monday after Christian Yelich was placed on the disabled list with a strained lower back.
Jake Marisnick, more of a pure center fielder, took over in center.
The Marlins anticipate that Yelich will come off the disabled list on June 29. When that happens, Ozuna may find himself playing more in left, with Yelich in center. It's a switch Redmond is pondering.
"When you see plays like that happen, it definitely makes you think [that] maybe Yeli can play center a little bit more often,'" Redmond said. "Maybe we'll have a little more chances."
Miami may want stronger arms in the corners of spacious Marlins Park because center field is so deep that there aren't as many realistic chances to make plays at the plate.
Both Ozuna and right fielder Giancarlo Stanton have extremely strong arms, though Ozuna is more accurate. Marisnick also throws well.
"All of us in the outfield can throw," Marisnick said. "Any chance we can get an out takes a chance away from them scoring."
With so many athletic outfielders, Redmond has options.
"Over the course of the year, I don't know how many more plays we would have at home," Redmond said. "I can't remember a whole lot. But that's what you want. You want options with guys and them definitely feeling comfortable in all positions."