Solano sits with stiff lower back
JUPITER, Fla. — Donovan Solano, who is having a terrific Spring Training, was scratched from the Marlins’ lineup on Wednesday due to a stiff lower back.
Miami’s second baseman tweaked something while working out in the weight room in the morning, and he was replaced by Chris Valaika against the Nationals.
The Marlins don’t have much depth, and Solano is a key player. The team is off on Thursday, which will allow him two full days of rest.
Solano is batting .409 in Grapefruit League play.
Also on Wednesday, manager Mike Redmond said right-hander Jacob Turner is competing for a rotation spot. The 21-year-old, who has had an up and down Spring Training, will next pitch on Sunday against the Astros.
There is a chance Turner can open the season in the Minor Leagues. Right now, three rotation spots are set, with Ricky Nolasco as the ace. Nathan Eovaldi and Henderson Alvarez are also in the rotation, although their respective spots haven’t been set yet.
* Wade LeBlanc is a likely choice to be the fourth starter. Turner, Kevin Slowey and John Maine are in the mix for rotation spots.
* On Wednesday morning, the Marlins re-assigned Doug Mathis, Mitch Talbot, Ed Lucas and J.T. Realmuto to Minor League camp.
* To get more at-bats, Justin Ruggiano is playing seven innings in the field and hitting in a Minor League game on Wednesday. Austin Kearns and Casey Kotchman also were in the Minor League game to bat only.
* Lineup Wednesday: Juan Pierre, LF; Placido Polanco, 3B; Giancarlo Stanton, RF; Greg Dobbs, 1B; Chris Valaika, 2B; Rob Brantly, C; Chris Coghlan, CF; Adeiny Hechavarria, SS; Wade LeBlanc, P.
– Joe Frisaro