Dean went 3-for-4 with a home run, three RBI and two runs scored Sunday against the Braves. Dean clubbed a solo home run in the bottom of the first inning, plated a run in the fifth on a single to left and drove home his third run of the ballgame in the seventh on another single. The 25-year-old has struggled to produce at the dish through 22 games this year (.219/.227/.391 slash line), but perhaps Sunday will give him some momentum heading into Miami's next series with the Cardinals.
Dean will start in left field and bat leadoff Sunday against the Padres, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports. Dean will draw his third consecutive start, all of which have come against left-handed pitchers. He still appears to be stuck in the short side of a platoon with Curtis Granderson.
Dean is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Giants, Andre Fernandez of The Athletic reports. After being promoted from Triple-A New Orleans on May 21, Dean started and served as the Marlins' leadoff hitter in three of the subsequent four contests. With Garrett Cooper having since solidified himself as a fixture in the corner outfield, Dean now appears to have settled into the short side of a platoon with Curtis Granderson. Dean will find himself on the bench for the third time in four games.
Dean will lead off and start in left field Thursday against the Tigers, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports. Dean will serve as the Marlins' table setter for the second straight game, though it's probably too early to conclude that he'll stick around in an everyday role. Both of his leadoff opportunities have come against left-handed starters, so Dean may only be viewed as a short-side platoon mate for Curtis Granderson at this time.
Dean was recalled from Triple-A New Orleans on Tuesday. Dean is up to replace Jon Berti, who landed on the injured list with a left oblique strain. He went 5-for-22 with nine strikeouts in his brief time in the majors earlier in the season but hit an excellent .365/.447/.661 in 33 games for New Orleans.
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