MIAMI -- Kevin Gregg is back with a familiar organization, but so much has changed since he was traded by the Marlins to the Cubs after the 2008 season.
On Thursday, the right-hander had his contract selected, and he will be looked upon as a late-innings relief option.
"I'm back and excited to be here," said Gregg, who turns 36 on Friday. "Never say never in this game. You never know where you end up."
Gregg signed a Minor League contract with Miami on June 3, and the plan was for him to get into game shape in the Minor Leagues before being called up. The veteran threw seven innings in seven Minor League appearances before getting brought back to the big leagues.
About the only thing that's the same since Gregg's first tenure with the Marlins is his familiar No. 63. The name of the team has changed from Florida to Miami, there is a different uniform color scheme, along with the franchise playing in Marlins Park, with its retractable roof.
The Marlins shared Sun Life Stadium with the Miami Dolphins when Gregg last wore the team colors.
"Whole different setup," Gregg said. "I'm back, but it's a completely different setup, completely different team, a lot of new faces."
Gregg appeared in 62 games for the Cubs last year, and he saved 33-of-38 opportunities. He has 177 career saves, but with Miami, he will set up for Steve Cishek.
Why sign with the Marlins?
"They've got a chance to win the division," Gregg said. "It's a team that's playing good baseball this far into the season. Coming in to add a little depth to the bullpen. Seemed like a good fit for both sides."
Gregg said he had a handful of other options, including a couple of teams he didn't identify who are in the National League East.
"The situation has to be right for me, especially at this point in my career," Gregg said. "I was waiting for that situation to arrive."
Gregg has been around long enough to know how to adapt to a variety of roles.
"Luckily in my career, I've done pretty much everything out of the bullpen, and even started at some point," Gregg said. "I think whatever inning it is, I'll still be pitching."
Stanton in lineup a day after bruising wrist
MIAMI -- The Marlins may have lost the game on Wednesday afternoon, but they regained their most feared slugger on Thursday.
Giancarlo Stanton, who bruised his left wrist in Wednesday's 6-1 loss to the Cubs, was back in the starting lineup for the series opener with the Mets at Marlins Park.
"I could have played still," Stanton said Thursday afternoon. "But it looked like [the game] was just about out of hand already. So the smartest decision was to get out of there."
Stanton was shaken up in the first inning, crashing into the wall in right on Chris Coghlan's double. After impact, the right fielder was shaking his left arm.
"I reached back kind of over my head," Stanton said. "So I think [my wrist] hit before I could look back, and then I spun."
In the bottom of the first inning, Stanton blistered a home run to right-center. But in his third and final at-bat of the game in the fifth inning, he struck out and grimaced as he walked away.
Stanton paces the National League in home runs (20) and RBIs (57).
"In another sport, that wouldn't be a big deal," manager Mike Redmond said. "But in baseball, you realize in your swing and grabbing the bat and all that you do, how much you use your hands. But he's fine. He says he's good to go. That was good. At least we got him out of there yesterday. We got him a chance to get it iced down, calmed down."
No changes for Salty upon return from concussion
MIAMI -- A mild concussion hasn't prompted Jarrod Saltalamacchia to change from wearing a traditional catcher's mask.
"There's no evidence saying the hockey mask [makes a difference], but I know the traditional masks are better," the Miami catcher said. "I'm going to stick with the same mask. It was just a matter of hitting that spot."
Saltalamacchia was dazed after absorbing a foul tip off the bat of Atlanta's Justin Upton on May 31. He was placed on the seven-day concussion list on June 1, before being transferred to the 15-day DL on Monday.
The 29-year-old appeared in two rehab-assignment games with Class A Jupiter and was reinstated on Thursday, when he was behind the plate for Andrew Heaney's MLB debut.
"They wanted to see me symptom-free," Saltalamacchia said. "I think that was just to make sure everything's good. Once I was OK, I was able to go to the field and do some biking and little activities."
The concussion was Saltalamacchia's first. The Marlins will monitor how much he is used his first few days back.
"He's fine," manager Mike Redmond said. "He caught nine innings in the Minor Leagues. Will we keep an eye on him? Of course. Maybe catch him a couple and give him a day off. We'll see how it goes."