Marlins place Christian Yelich on the disabled list, recall Marcell Ozuna from Triple-A

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Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that the Marlins have placed outfielder Christian Yelich on the 15-day disabled list with a right knee contusion and recalled Marcell Ozuna from Triple-A New Orleans.

The Marlins demoted Ozuna to Triple-A in early July as he was hitting a meager .249/.301/.337 with four home runs and 26 RBI in 322 plate appearances. He’s handled minor league pitching well, batting .317/.379/.558 with five home runs and 11 RBI in 132 plate appearances with New Orleans.

This will be Yelich’s second trip to the disabled list this season. He missed time between April 20 and May 7 due to a lower back strain. The 23-year-old carries a .275/.343/.376 triple-slash line with six home runs, 29 RBI, and 14 stolen bases to date.

Nationals to reinstate Max Scherzer on Thursday

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Some good news for the Nationals today: All-Star hurler Max Scherzer is due back from the injured list this week, this time (hopefully) for good. He’s slated to start during Thursday’s series finale against the Pirates.

It’s been a long road back for the right-hander, who earned his seventh consecutive All-Star designation after heading into the break with a 2.30 ERA, 5.6 fWAR, and a league-leading 7.56 SO/BB rate. An untimely back injury forced him to the injured list in the days leading up to the All-Star Game, however, and he hasn’t returned in any kind of part-time or full-time capacity since.

While Scherzer was originally expected to pitch for the Nationals sometime during their weekend series versus the Brewers, manager Dave Martinez elected to push back his return date by a few days. It’s not clear whether he felt some lingering pain during his 64-pitch simulated start on Saturday or whether the Nationals simply want to play it safe with their ace, but either way, the club apparently feels like Scherzer will be back to full strength before the end of the week.

If so, his return would be a significant asset to the Nationals, who could use a sub-3.00 ERA, 5.0-fWAR starter to help bolster their standing in the NL East. Still, there’s no guarantee that the veteran righty is ready to shoulder a full-time role in Washington’s rotation, nor is it certain that he’ll be able to match his results from the first half of the season. In one start between IL stints last month, he dealt five innings of three-run, two-walk, eight-strikeout ball in an 8-7 loss to the Rockies.