Baker willing to play some 1B

In hopes of making the Opening Day roster, Marlins catcher John Baker is willing to make some changes.

To help his chances, Baker is ready to play some first base until his throwing arm is at full strength.

“I’m completely willing to do something like that, and I will,” said Baker, who has only caught during his big league career. “We have a new infield instructor. Perry Hill is back. Maybe that is something I do this year as well.”

Recovering from Tommy John ligament surgery, Baker isn’t expected to be game ready as a catcher until perhaps May. Entering Spring Training, he is competing for a roster spot primarily as a left-handed bat off the bench.

Baker played some first base at the Minor League level when he was in the A’s system in 2005. He appeared at first in 17 games that season. Also as a Minor Leaguer with the Marlins, he made a few appearances at first base, three times with Triple-A Albuquerque in 2007, and once in Triple-A in 2008.

— Joe Frisaro


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