Now that Derek Dietrich has been optioned to Double-A Jacksonville to make room for top prospects Christian Yelich and Jake Marisnick, both of whom debuted in Tuesday's 4-2 Marlins win, Donovan Solano looks primed for a spot in Miami's everyday lineup.
Solano started consecutive games against the Rockies in the first two legs of a four-game set for the first since May 2-3 and gave a solid performance, going 2-for-4 with a double and playing errorless defense at second base Tuesday after an 0-for-4 opener. He will likely be back in the same spot for Wednesday's matchup at Coors Field.
The 25-year-old will take his hacks against Colorado's Jorge De La Rosa, who opposes Jacob Turner on Wednesday night. Turner leads the Marlins with a 2.44 ERA, while De La Rosa features a 3.12 mark.
"He's going to get an opportunity to get extended playing time," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said of Solano. "He's going to play second, probably play some third. [We will] probably mix and match him and [Ed] Lucas on third and second. It's good to have that versatility, with Lucas being able to pay all those positions."
Earning a chance to work his way back into the starting lineup has been a battle for Solano.
When Solano was reinstated from the 15-day disabled list on June 10 after missing a month with an intercostal strain, he did not return to Miami.
Instead, the Marlins optioned him to Triple-A New Orleans and held onto Dietrich, his replacement.
"Unfortunately, in this game, sometimes when you get hurt, it's not a guarantee that you're going to be back out there when you're healthy," Redmond said at the time.
Solano, determined to work his way back to the Majors, feasted on opposing pitchers with the Zephyrs, batting .379 (25-for-66) with two home runs in 17 games.
With his bat too hot to ignore, Miami recalled Solano from New Orleans on July 2 to serve as a key player off the bench.
"Having Solano on the bench gives us some double-switch opportunities," Redmond said on July 2. "He can play multiple positions."
Although his bat has cooled off since returning to the big leagues, increased at-bats may help Solano return to the .278 clip he sported at the time of his injury in early May.
Marlins: Yelich terrific in MLB debut
Christian Yelich recorded three hits in his first three at-bats in the Majors, becoming only the second Marlins player to do so. Redmond was the first, beginning his career 3-for-3 in 1998.
Yelich finished 3-for-4 with two RBI singles, hitting second and starting in left field.
Marisnick, who got the call with Yelich from Double-A Jacksonville, went 0-for-4 out of the six-hole and started in center field.
Rockies: Chacin continues to impress
Although Jhoulys Chacin took a loss Tuesday, the outing marked the right-hander's sixth quality start in his past seven tries. Chacin surrendered three earned runs on eight hits and walked none in seven strong innings against Miami.
Chacin has a 2.05 ERA in his past seven starts. His seven-inning effort on Tuesday gives him the team lead with 120 innings pitched this season.
• Colorado's Todd Helton went deep Tuesday for his 361st career home run, tying him with Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio for 76th on the all-time list.
• Miami's Adeiny Hechavarria has hit safely in 17 of his past 18 games and owns a six-game hitting streak. He leads the National League with a .417 (30-for-72) bating average in July.
• Jose Fernandez recorded his eighth quality start in his past nine outings on Tuesday, earning his sixth win in the process. He gave up two earned runs on five hits with two walks and eight strikeouts in seven innings.
• Marlins reliever Chad Qualls has not allowed a run his past nine outings (10 innings). Opponents have scored on him only once in his past 14 appearances.
• Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki stole second in the fourth inning of Tuesday night's game for his first stolen base since May 30, 2012.
• Miami slugger Giancarlo Stanton hit his seventh home run in nine career games at Coors Field on Tuesday night.
Joe Morgan is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.