Opening Day uncertain for LoMo, Stanton hopeful

JUPITER, Fla. — Being in the Opening Day lineup remains the objective. But will it be a reality for Marlins outfielders Giancarlo Stanton and Logan Morrison?

Perhaps the chances are better for Stanton than Morrison.

For both, though, it’s still wait and see.

Chances are Greg Dobbs (left hamstring) will be ready for the April 4 opener against the Cardinals at Marlins Park.

Stanton (left knee), Morrison (right knee) and Dobbs began a light running program on Thursday. The three were cleared to begin baseball activities after meeting with team physician, Dr. Lee Kaplan, on Tuesday in Miami.

The three will continue jogging, throwing and hitting on Friday. The plan is for Morrison to be a designated hitter on Saturday in a Minor League game on a back field at the Roger Dean Stadium complex.

Stanton could be a DH as early as Monday or Tuesday.

Dobbs isn’t sure when he will see game action.

Morrison is being reserved in assessing his status. He isn’t completely confident he will be ready for Opening Day.

“I don’t think I’m going to tell them,” Morrison said. “I think the knee is going to tell me. The knee is going to tell everyone. I can’t tell it what to do.”

Dobbs fielded grounders at third base on Friday morning, while Stanton and Morrison took batting practice.

Morrison had surgery in the knee in early December, and he experienced some swelling that has shut him down from game action.

The Marlins have a decision to make because if any of their players is in Grapefruit League games after March 26, they won’t be eligible to be put on the disabled list, retroactive to that day.

For instance, if Stanton or Morrison play in Minor League games for the rest of the spring, and they aren’t considered ready for Opening Day, they could be placed on the disabled list, retroactive to March 26. So that means, they would be eligible to be activated on April 10, when the team is at Philadelphia.

Under that scenario, they would miss the first three games of the regular season.

“I fast jogged a little bit yesterday,” Stanton said. “I’ll pick it up today. I got positive feedback, and we’ll get this progress for Opening Day going.”

Dobbs’ hamstring responded favorably to some light jogging on Thursday.

“We’ll ramp it up a little bit more,” he said.

Joe Frisaro

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