Marlins release Casey Kotchman

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Casey Kotchman was the Marlins’ Opening Day first baseman, but landed on the disabled list with a strained hamstring after just two games. He came back in June and played four more games before going back on the DL with an oblique injury.

Now he’s finally healthy again, but this time the Marlins don’t want him back, releasing the 30-year-old who had been rehabbing in the minors. Kotchman hit .295 with zero homers and a .737 OPS in 18 games at Triple-A and Logan Morrison is entrenched as Miami’s regular first baseman.

Kotchman is a good-fielding first baseman, but he’s always lacked the kind of bat teams look for at the position and it’s hard to imagine him landing more than a bench gig for 2014.