Cut-down day quickly approaching

JUPITER, Fla. — In an ideal situation, any team would like to have its 25-man roster locked down with at least a couple of games remaining in Spring Training.

The Marlins are no different. But the reality is, the roster right now remains fluid, but in the next few days, more cuts are expected. The team is at 39 with 14 more moves upcoming.

“I wouldn’t say a target date, yet,” manager Mike Redmond said. “We started the discussions over the last few days. I think any manager would probably say you want to have your guys as soon as you can to get playing together.”

There are a number of spots still up for grabs, and input is coming from the manager, the coaching staff, along with the front office.

“We talked about having a lot of tough decisions, a lot of competition,” Redmond said. “We’ve definitely had that. The tough decisions, they’re coming. We all talked about that being a good thing for us.”

Lineup vs Mets

1) Yelich CF
2) Hechavarria SS
3) Stanton RF
4) Jones 1B
5) Saltalamacchia C
6) McGehee 3B
7) Bogusevic LF
8) Nola 2B
9) Hand

Lineup at Nationals

1) Marisnick LF
2) Solano 2B
3) Baker 1B
4) Ozuna CF
5) Johnson RF
6) Wigginton 3B
7) Mathis C
8) Diaz SS
9) Alvarez P

Injuries

Rafael Furcal (left hamstring) will test his leg by running the bases.

Derek Dietrich (broken nose) has been fitted for a clear, protective mask that he will wear in the field. Dietrich says he is feeling much better. There is a good chance he could be in the lineup on Monday.

Greg Dobbs (left quad) is getting at-bats in a Minor League game on Sunday.

Ed Lucas (left hamstring) is getting a day to rest on Saturday. He is expected to start at first base on Sunday at Lakeland against the Tigers.

Salty honored

Jarrod Saltalamacchia on Sunday night will be honored as the 2013 Professional Athlete of the Year for Palm Beach County by the Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame. The catcher is expected to be in attendance.

Joe Frisaro

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