Ozuna is out of the lineup Sunday against the Cardinals. No specific reason has been given for Ozuna's absence, so this appears to be just a regular maintenance day for the 25-year-old. He'll sit in favor of Ichiro Suzuki in center field, but carry a .886 OPS into Monday's series opener against the Phillies.
Ozuna went 2-for-5 with a double, two runs scored and two RBI in Friday's win over the Cardinals. The All-Star outfielder opened the second half just how he spent the majority of the first half: scorching hot. The multi-hit effort pushed his slash line to a strong .308/.360/.534. He's been the Marlins most consistent run producer, accumulating 54 runs scored and driving home 49 RBI during this breakout campaign. Ozuna's .894 OPS is currently 120 points higher than his previous career high and with 17 long balls on the year, he's just six home runs away from tying his career best of 23 set in 2014.
Ozuna had two hits and scored a run in his return to the lineup Tuesday against the Tigers. After missing a couple of games with a minor wrist injury, Ozuna went right back to work in his return with a 2-for-5 night. Ozuna continues to beast his way through the 2016 season, slashing .321/.375/.570 with 16 home runs, 44 RBI and 48 runs scored over 74 games.
Ozuna (wrist) is back in the lineup Tuesday, batting cleanup and starting in center field against the Tigers. After missing the last two games of the Marlins' series against the Cubs due to a sore wrist, the talented Ozuna will draw back into the lineup Tuesday. It's a good sign for Ozuna that he's not only in the lineup, but he's also playing center field when manager Don Mattingly could have used him in the DH spot in an American League park.
Ozuna (wrist) remains out of the lineup Sunday against the Cubs. Ozuna was held out of action for Saturday's matchup due to what was later revealed as wrist soreness, and that ailment will force another absence Sunday. With a team day off on tap for Monday, the Marlins are likely being overly cautious with their center fielder in an effort to get him healthy before next week's two-game series in Detroit. With Ozuna on the shelf, Ichiro Suzuki will get his second straight start in center field.