No stealing for Marlins’ speedsters
JUPITER, Fla. — On the bases, look for the Marlins to be on the run.
Well, the whole team will be attempting steals, except for the most likely candidates.
Manager Ozzie Guillen said on Sunday that he is giving the red light to Jose Reyes, Emilio Bonifacio and Hanley Ramirez.
“Reyes had some [hamstring injuries] in the past,” Guillen said. “We’re going to shut it down. Bonifacio, we know he can steal bases. And Hanley, it’s precaution, make sure he is not sliding into the bag. It’s precautionary.
“Everybody has to run, because I want to see people running.”
The closer the Marlins get to Opening Day, the more you will start to see their projected top three hitters on the move.
Ramirez is coming off left shoulder surgery, and the team has discouraged him from diving or head-first sliding.
Reyes, of course, had his issues with hamstrings while with the Mets. So the team isn’t sending him on steals in the first part of Spring Training.
Bonifacio stole 40 bases a year ago. The team knows what he can do.
– Joe Frisaro