Baker may DH over weekend

A strained right forearm muscle has kept John Baker out of action for the entire Grapefruit League season.

In recent days, however, the left-handed hitting catcher has taken some swings. On Wednesday, manager Fredi Gonzalez said Baker could travel with the team this weekend to the west coast of Florida.

johnbaker.jpgThe Marlins are considering using Baker as the designated hitter on Friday against the Orioles at Saturday against the Rays.

Baker is easing back into a throwing routine. The only game action he’s seen thus far has been On March 3 in the exhibition with the University of Miami. He had one at-bat in that game.

Gonzalez also didn’t rule out Cody Ross (strained left groin) getting into a game this weekend. That’s what the team is targeting, but they won’t rush things.

Gonzalez added that Ross’ ailment isn’t as serious as Cameron Maybin, who also has a strained left groin.

Baker, Ross and Maybin stayed in Jupiter on Wednesday, getting treatment and doing light baseball activities.

Ross and Maybin were scheduled to do some hitting on Wednesday.

Ross did some running also, and there is a chance he could play on Friday.

— Joe Frisaro


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