MIAMI -- At last, the Marlins are receiving some encouraging news on their injury front.
Nathan Eovaldi, on the 60-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation, will throw a bullpen session on Wednesday. If that goes well, he is expected to begin his rehab assignment with Class A Jupiter on Saturday.
"We're starting to get some guys moving, get them out of here and out playing and hopefully getting them back on the field as soon as possible," manager Mike Redmond said.
Heading into the season, Eovaldi was expected to be the No. 2 starter. But he and Henderson Alvarez were placed on the disabled list, both with shoulder inflammation, the day before the opener.
Pitchers can spend 30 days on rehab assignment, compared to 20 days for position players.
Alvarez threw 20 pitches off the mound on Tuesday, but he is at least three or four weeks -- if not longer -- away from returning.
Eovaldi could be back by the middle of June.
Redmond says Sanabia spitting on ball 'unintentional'
MIAMI -- Marlins right-hander Alex Sanabia picked up a victory on Monday as well as some unwanted publicity.
Sanabia gave up one run in 6 1/3 innings in Miami's 5-1 victory over the Phillies at Marlins Park.
But it was that one run -- a home run to Domonic Brown in the second inning -- that drew some attention and raised a bit of controversy.
Before Brown touched home, umpire Sam Holbrook tossed Sanabia a new baseball.
Immediately, the Miami right-hander spit on it and then repeatedly rubbed the ball. The incident was captured by a TV camera.
The incident went pretty much undetected on Monday night, but the video clip made it a visible topic on Tuesday.
Marlins manager Mike Redmond said he was unaware what exactly Sanabia did until he saw the video on Tuesday.
"I had no idea," Redmond said. "Somebody showed me the video, and I had no idea. I didn't see it. I watch those guys like a hawk out there. I never saw it one time."
Phillies manager Charlie Manuel on Monday didn't make an issue, and on Tuesday he added it was no big deal.
Manuel noted he didn't see what Sanabia did, and he wasn't really bothered.
"It happens all the time," Manuel said. "I didn't see it."
Crew chief Joe West, who was the first-base umpire Monday, was asked about the incident on Tuesday. West noted that he didn't see Sanabia spit on the ball, and therefore it was used in the game. But later in the game, West did order Sanabia to discard another ball for improperly going to his mouth.
Pitchers are allowed to lick their fingers when they're not on the pitching rubber, but they must immediate wipe them before gripping the baseball.
"I think it probably was unintentional," Redmond said. "He was rubbing the ball. I don't think it was an intentional thing. I think he just did it probably without even knowing."
Sanabia declined comment.
Redmond added that no one from MLB has contacted the Marlins regarding any infraction or possible suspension for doctoring the baseball.
The Marlins have a young team and inexperienced players sometimes need reminding of what they can and can't do.
"Just like we've talked about guys tipping pitches and all that stuff, you have to really be aware of what you're doing out there," Redmond said. "I truly believe that he probably didn't realize what he did. Obviously, he won't ever do that again."
McKeon, Beck to represent Marlins at Draft
MIAMI -- With four of the first 73 picks, including the sixth overall, the Marlins promise to be among the most active teams at the 2013 First-Year Player Draft.
At the three-day event, the Marlins will certainly have a high-profile representative.
Jack McKeon, who managed the organization's 2003 World Series title team, will once again be on hand at the MLB Network to kick off the Draft in the first week of June.
McKeon is one of three World Series-championship managers to represent his respective club. The others will be Tommy Lasorda (Dodgers) and Tony La Russa (MLB).
Lasorda, Jim Bunning (Phillies) and George Brett (Royals) will be the three Hall of Fame members at the Draft.
McKeon had two managerial stints with the Marlins, and he remains a special assistant in the organization. When it is time for Miami to make the sixth pick, it will be McKeon at the podium who reads the name.
Also representing the Marlins will be special assistant Bill Beck, the club's former director of team travel.
The 2013 First-Year Player Draft will take place June 6-8, beginning with the Draft preview show on MLB.com and MLB Network on Thursday, June 6, at 6 p.m. ET. Live Draft coverage from MLB Network's Studio 42 begins at 7 p.m., with the top 73 picks being streamed on MLB.com and broadcast on MLB Network. Rounds 3-10 will be streamed live on MLB.com on June 7, beginning with a preview show at 12:30 p.m., and Rounds 11-40 will be streamed live on MLB.com on June 8, starting at 1 p.m.
MLB.com's coverage includes Draft Central, the Top 100 Draft Prospects list and Draft Tracker, a live interactive application that includes a searchable database of Draft-eligible players. You can also keep up to date by following @MLBDraft on Twitter. And get into the Draft conversation by tagging your tweets with #mlbdraft.
A couple of former Marlins will be representing other organizations. Ivan Rodriguez, the catcher on the '03 team, will be seated at the Rangers' table, and Luis Gonzalez will be with the D-backs.
The Marlins last picked as high as sixth in 2008 when they selected catcher Kyle Skipworth sixth. A year ago, the club took left-hander Andrew Heaney at No. 9 overall.
Each of the 30 MLB teams will have an esteemed representative at the First-Year Player Draft. The list is headlined by the three Hall of Famers, 25 All-Stars, four Most Valuable Players and three World Series-winning managers.
The current Marlins feature Jose Fernandez, the team's first-round Draft pick in 2011. The 20-year-old was selected 14th overall, and he reached the big leagues without previously pitching higher than Class A.
Miami's 2010 top pick, Christian Yelich, is at Double-A Jacksonville, and the left-handed-hitting outfielder could be a few weeks away from getting his big league promotion.
On Wednesday, Giancarlo Stanton (right hamstring) is scheduled to take batting practice on the field. The slugger, on the 15-day DL since April 30, has been hitting in the cages and throwing. He has yet to begin running.
Joe Mahoney (right hamstring) began his rehab assignment with Class A Jupiter on Tuesday. Logan Morrison (right knee) was the designated hitter for the Hammerheads on Tuesday, and he is expected to play nine innings at first base on Wednesday.
Casey Kotchman (right hamstring) will begin extended spring games on Wednesday.