Short takes for Saturday

JUPITER, Fla. — Aside from Chris Volstad, the Marlins lineup on Saturday could be what takes the field on Opening Night against the Mets.

Against the Cardinals on Saturday, Donnie Murphy is batting eighth and playing third base. For the first time, all three outfielders are in the same lineup — Chris Coghlan in center, Logan Morrison in left and Mike Stanton in right.

The biggest change for the opener, of course, will be Josh Johnson, who will be the Opening Night starter on April 1.

Worth noting from Edwin’s morning meeting with the media:

* A decision on who starts at third base could be made by Monday. As of now, it appears Murphy will start, and Emilio Bonifacio will be in a utility role.

* The rotation, as expected, will be Josh Johnson, Ricky Nolasco, Javier Vazquez, Anibal Sanchez and Chris Volstad. Rodriguez said he could have flip-flopped Sanchez and Vazquez, but gave the nod to Vazquez because of his overall experience.

* While Edwin didn’t flat out announce the bench, signs point to it being Wes Helms, Greg Dobbs (lefty bat), Dewayne Wise, Bonifacio and Brett Hayes.

* In recent days, a number of relievers have thrown in Minor League games to get stretched out. Lefty Randy Choate threw a full inning on a back field, and needed just seven pitches.

Joe Frisaro


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