Regular lineup on hand at Lakeland
LAKELAND — It’s 18 days and counting until Opening Day for the Marlins.
With Spring Training rapidly progressing, manager Mike Redmond is aiming to give his projected regulars more work. Aside from Rafael Furcal, who is nursing a sore left hamstring, the projected first game lineup was at the Tigers on Thursday.
“Once we hit the 10th of the month, I wanted to start these guys playing together,” Redmond said. “I think that’s important to get these guys playing as much as we can. You build that camaraderie, and get used to who you’re going to be hitting, either in front of behind. I think that is important. Plus, we’re trying to ramp these guys up, and get them more at-bats.”
The Marlins are cramming in some work because on Friday night, half the squad will be heading to Panama to play exhibition games against the Yankees on Saturday and Sunday.
The other half of the team will remain in Florida. Miami has a game on Saturday against the Nationals at Roger Dean Stadium, and on Sunday, they travel to Fort Myers to face the Twins.
“The guys going to Panama will be playing both games, and the games staying back will do the same thing as well,” Redmond said. “It’s important for us the next three of four days to get a bunch more at-bats, especially with as many guys as we have in camp.
“We’re getting to the point where the guys who are going to break camp with us, we want to make sure those guys are getting as many at-bats as they possibly can.”
Jacob Turner will start for the Marlins against the Tigers, the team that he broke in with.
1) Jake Marisnick DH
2) Christian Yelich LF
3) Giancarlo Stanton RF
4) Garrett Jones 1B
5) Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
6) Casey McGehee 3B
7) Marcell Ozuna CF
8) Ed Lucas 2B
9) Adeiny Hechavarria SS
Extra batting practice
Although the Marlins were playing at Lakeland on Thursday, a number of players were back in Jupiter getting extra at-bats in Minor League scrimmages. Reed Johnson, Brian Bogusevice, Donovan Solano and Greg Dobbs, were getting at-bats in the Triple-A game on the back field at the Roger Dean Stadium complex.
Jeff Baker (left quad) could be back in Grapefruit League action on Friday night against the Mets. And Rafael Furcal (left hamstring) could return as early as Saturday. Furcal on Thursday morning was being evaluated. If cleared, Saturday is the earliest he is expected back.
Instant replay day
Thursday is the first of two Spring Training games where the Marlins will be able to use instant replay to challenge a call. The TV feed will not resemble the regular season in any way because team representatives will be watching the game on a laptop outside of a TV truck. Video coaching coordinator Cullen McRae and Major League administrative coach Pat Shine will be monitoring the TV screens. They will communicate with bench coach Rob Leary.
– Joe Frisaro