Lucas hopeful to return in a few days

JUPITER, Fla. — Ed Lucas appears to have avoided a serious hamstring issue, but the utility infielder still is expected to sit out at least the next few days at Marlins camp.

Lucas strained his left hamstring in the fourth inning on Thursday while running the bases. He felt something catch just before reaching third base in Miami’s 4-2 win over the Tigers in Lakeland.

On Friday, Lucas was receiving treatment, and he was encouraged that he likely isn’t seriously hurt. Still, there is disappointment, because he is competing for a roster spot, and the setback caused him to not attend the Marlins’ two-game exhibition against the Yankees this weekend in Panama.

“It’s not the time I need to be missing any games right now,” Lucas said. “It’s a little disappointing in that sense. But I look at the bright side. It’s not too serious. Not a big deal. I’ll be able to bounce back real quick.”

Lucas is enjoying a solid spring, batting .318 (7-for-22) with a triple, home run and four RBIs.

Lucas and Donovan Solano are frontrunners for a utility infield spot.

Derek Dietrich filled in for Lucas at second base on Thursday.

The circumstances surrounding Thursday’s game were conducive to hamstring pulls. The temperatures were the coldest of any Marlins’ game this spring, and the team made a close to three-hour bus ride.

“It’s one of those Spring Training situations where you get off the bus, and then it was a little colder. Who knows?,” Lucas said.

Baker back

Jeff Baker, who strained his left quadriceps on Monday, was back in the starting lineup on Friday night. Baker suffered his setback at Port St. Lucie against the Mets. Baker was at first base on Friday.

Rafael Furcal (left hamstring) is targeting a return on Saturday.

Lineup vs. Mets

1) Solano SS
2) Brantly C
3) Baker 1B
4) Saltalamacchia DH
5) McGehee 3B
6) Ozuna LF
7) Johnson RF
8) Bogusevic CF
9) Harbin 2B

Tom Koehler is starting vs. Zack Wheeler

Taylor Harbin is filling in at second base from Minor League camp.

Joe Frisaro

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