Kotchman taking it easy a few days

JUPITER, Fla. — Once the inflammation goes down, Casey Kotchman will have a better indication of when he will get back on the field.

Kotchman sliced his left ring finger during a pop fly drill on Monday. He received four stitches, and also scraped his left middle finger.

The Marlins open Grapefruit League play on Saturday against the Cardinals, but Kotchman isn’t sure he will be ready.

“I just got some stitches in it, and we’ll see how it feels,” Kotchman said Tuesday morning. “I think the tentative plan is to let it calm down for now, and see how it progresses.”

The Marlins signed Kotchman on Feb. 15, to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training. The veteran was brought in to provide depth at first base.

The injury was freakish, because it occurred when he ran into the machine stationed at home plate that was flinging pop flies to the infielders.

Kotchman raced in, made the catch, and collided with the machine.

“When I hit the pitching machine, I grabbed it,” Kotchman said. “When I grabbed it, the wheel was kind of cutting my finger. I guess, instead of hitting it over, I held onto it, and kind of picked it up, and it just kept slicing.”

One reason the Marlins signed Kotchman is because Logan Morrison’s status for Opening Day remains in question. Morrison, who had surgery to his right knee last September, on Tuesday was being examined by Dr. Richard Steadman in Vail, Colo.

Morrison will find out Tuesday if he is cleared to start running.

Also on Tuesday, Placido Polanco was back in camp working out. On Monday, the veteran infielder was at the dentist. In a week or two, he will have a root canal procedure.

Joe Frisaro

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