Ross, Baker slated for Friday
Feeling no discomfort throwing, running and hitting, Marlins outfielder Cody Ross says he is “100 percent” ready to return to game action.
Hampered by a strained left groin the past few days, Ross is scheduled to travel with the club to Sarasota, Fla., and he’s ready to be in the lineup on Friday against the Orioles. On Friday and Saturday, the Marlins will be on the western part of the state. They face the Rays in Port Charlotte on Saturday.
“I wouldn’t go over there if I didn’t feel like it was 100 percent,” Ross said.
Manager Fredi Gonzalez is considering using Ross on Friday, perhaps in the outfield or maybe as the designated hitter. Some of that decision could depend on the health of catcher John Baker, who hasn’t played in any Grapefruit League games due to a strained right forearm muscle.
Baker also is making the trip. The Marlins plan on giving Baker at-bats as the DH. He hasn’t done any serious throwing in more than a week.
Ross on Friday took batting practice, and he ran without any discomfort.
“I am 100 percent confident. Why am I confident? I don’t feel it right now,” Ross said. “It feels like when I first started. It feels normal. If it was something that I feel would linger on, I wouldn’t go out there. I’d shut it down.”
Ross’ injury is less severe than center fielder Cameron Maybin, who also has a left groin strain, has been hitting and doing some drills on the field.
Manager Fredi Gonzalez projects Maybin to be back — at the earliest — in the middle of next week.
Also making the trip will be reliever Derrick Turnbow, who has been nursing right shoulder tendinitis. Turnbow is expected to pitch on Friday.
– Joe Frisaro