"I had a lot more fun than I've had," Redmond said. "It was a lot easier today than it has been in the past."
Stanton was reinstated from the 15-day disabled list before Monday's series opener against the Brewers and saw his first action since straining his right hamstring running to first April 29.
Meanwhile, first baseman Casey Kotchman was placed on the 15-day DL retroactive to June 9 due to a strained left oblique and outfielder Chris Coghlan underwent an MRI on his right calf, the results of which Redmond hoped to know as early as Monday night. With Stanton back, Redmond said he foresees Marcell Ozuna playing center, as he did Monday, and Juan Pierre and Justin Ruggiano sharing time in left field moving forward.
"I'm just happy that I'm finally here to contribute now," said Stanton, who hit .227 with three home runs and nine RBI in 20 games before the injury and was hitless in 15 at-bats with five strikeouts and two walks in five rehab appearances with Single-A Jupiter. "It's been a long time."
Asked if he's fully healthy running, Stanton answered, "I'm good enough to be here." That noted, he said he'd prefer to play as many consecutive games as possible barring extra soreness because "I've had enough rest this season." Redmond said he will closely monitor the health of Stanton and first baseman Logan Morrison to "make sure they last for the rest of the season."
Stanton's return came one day after Morrison, returning from right knee surgery, had two hits against the Mets in his first action since July 28, 2012.
Morrison said he felt "butterflies" and "it felt like the first time I got called up."
"It felt really good," he added. "All the hard work, surgery, pain and rehab, all that stuff, it goes to show it didn't just go for nothing. It was for getting back out here and playing on the biggest stage against the best. That's what any kid dreams of when they're little and I still dream of."
Noted Redmond: "Getting LoMo back yesterday, you could just sense and feel that guys were excited. And knowing that Stanton was coming back today definitely energized this team."
Of watching the Marlins' offense struggle without him, Stanton said, "Some of those games, I don't like to sit and watch. Well, all of them. But some are uglier than others."
The presence of Stanton and Morrison should make the middle of the Marlins' lineup more of a threat and allow second baseman Derek Dietrich to drop in the order, Redmond said.
"It's definitely a different look as far as having guys that can hit the ball out of the park and get balls in the gap where before we were more of a singles, doubles [hitting team]," Pierre said. "These guys [Stanton and Morrison] are still human. They're going to make outs. But definitely in the whole scheme of things, where we're trying to go as a team and organization, it definitely helps to have those guys around."
Also Monday, second baseman Donovan Solano and first baseman Joe Mahoney were reinstated from the DL and optioned to Triple-A New Orleans. Dietrich's performance while Solano was injured allowed him to seize the starting job, Redmond noted.
Right-handed starter Nathan Eovaldi will make another start for Double-A Jacksonville on Thursday after his rehab start Sunday was limited to one inning due to a rain out. Eovaldi will be re-evaluated afterward, Redmond said. Right-hander Henderson Alvarez (right shoulder) will start his rehab assignment at Jupiter on Thursday.
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