Polanco scratched from starting lineup

Gorkys Hernandez drops a bunt in drills.

Gorkys Hernandez drops a bunt in drills.

JUPITER, Fla. — After taking a couple of days to rest back spasms, Placido Polanco was hopeful to be in the Marlins’ starting lineup on Wednesday against the Cardinals.

But after taking batting practice on Wednesday morning, Polanco experienced some discomfort and he was scratched.

Initially, Polanco experienced back tightness after workouts last Saturday.

The veteran felt fine doing drills on Tuesday, and he said he was ready to go on Wednesday.

The Marlins are starting Tom Koehler on Wednesday, while St. Louis is going with Jake Westbrook.

Marlins lineup: Yelich, LF, Marisnick, CF; Solano, 3B; Mahoney, 1B; Downs, 3B; Petersen, RF; Kearns, DH; Hechavarria, SS; Skipworth, C.

Worth noting:

* Expect Chris Coghlan, who had four hits against Venezuela on Tuesday night, to see more time in center field in the upcoming days. Coghlan is putting himself in the picture to start in center field on Opening Day. Justin Ruggiano, who has not played in games yet due to a low back strain, is less than a week away from being game ready.

* Now that Minor League camp has opened, Friday is a likely day the Marlins will make their first round of cuts.

* Not that Spring Training results mean anything, but on Tuesday, Miami rallied back twice from three runs down to beat Team Venezuela, 6-5. Earlier, the Marlins overcame a four-run deficit and beat the Mets. During last season, the Marlins came back from as many as four runs down to win three times — May 21 vs. Colorado (four runs); July 4 at Milwaukee (four runs) and at Arizona on Aug. 21 (five runs).

* An American League scout told me if the Marlins were carrying their absolute best players right now, Christian Yelich and Jose Fernandez would be on the Opening Day roster. The two touted prospects will be starting the year off a Double-A Jacksonville. What they’ve shown in Spring Training is they likely will be called up to the big leagues, perhaps as early as midseason.

* Reminder, FS Florida will televise its first of four Marlins Grapefruit League games on Friday when Miami faces the Yankees at Roger Dean Stadium.

Joe Frisaro

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