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Ricky Nolasco is not yet ready to throw off the mound, but the past two days, the right-hander has played catch.
The plan is to continue doing so, while not yet pushing the sore thumb that has set him back since the start of Spring Training.
Nolasco began a light tossing routine on Tuesday and on Wednesday he was throwing at 60 feet.
“I’m being optimistic,” said Nolasco, who hopes to throw at 100 feet in the next day or so. “I have a little bit more to go.”
Nolasco jammed his thumb about three weeks ago while doing some conditioning.
Expected to be Florida’s No. 2 starter behind Josh Johnson, Nolasco is hopeful to throw off the mound sometime next week. The team isn’t pushing it.
Manager Edwin Rodriguez says that as long as Nolasco is ready to pitch by mid-March, he should be fine to open the season.
Here’s a run down of what took place at camp on Wednesday.
* Donnie Murphy took live batting practice for the first time. Recovering from surgery to repair a dislocated right wrist, Murphy faced Tom Koehler, and he said his wrist was fine. On Tuesday, Murphy stepped in against a pitcher, but he was tracking pitches and not swinging. He plans on continuing to take live BP.
* A few pitchers have already caught the eye of their manager. Rodriguez noted that relievers Ryan Webb, Mike Dunn and Edward Mujica have all looked impressive while facing hitters.
* The plan is to have Josh Johnson throw in a Grapefruit League game sometime next week. Johnson will not pitch the exhibition opener on Sunday against the University of Miami. Javier Vazquez will pitch two innings on that day. Also on Sunday, Johnson will throw in a simulated game on a back field, but he won’t face UM. JJ’s first Grapefruit League game will be either March 2 or March 3. If he starts on March 2 against the Nationals at Viera, he would be lined up throwing every fifth day up until Opening Day.
– Joe Frisaro
A new season means some new faces in Spring Training along with some new numbers.
As a refresher for the upcoming season, Marlins fans may want to check out the roster page on marlins.com for the latest updates. For instance, first baseman Gaby Sanchez no longer is wearing No. 14. Instead, he has switched to No. 15.
John Buck, the club’s new catcher, will be wearing No. 14.
In the offseason, the Marlins made several significant free agent signings as well as trades.
Omar Infante, obtained from Atlanta in the Dan Uggla trade, will be wearing No. 13. Uggla’s old No. 6 is now being worn by catcher Brad Davis.
Javier Vazquez will be No. 23, while Randy Choate is No. 35. Other newcomers and their numbers are Edward Mujica (34), Ryan Webb (58) and Dustin Richardson (24).
Along with new numbers, one Marlin on the 40-man roster will be at a new position. Chris Hatcher, formerly a catcher, is switching to pitching.
Hatcher, the Marlins’ fifth-round pick in 2006, pitched a little in college at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. He also has thrown a couple of innings at the Minor League level.
At Double-A Jacksonville last year, Hatcher made one appearance, and he collected the win.
The Marlins also have signed two players with previous big league experience to Minor League deals – outfielders Jorge Padilla and Alex Romero.
– Joe Frisaro
The Marlins have reached agreement on one-year contracts with relievers Leo Nunez and Edward Mujica. Both right-handers avoid arbitration.
Nunez will head into Spring Training as the frontrunner to be Florida’s closer. Last year, he converted 30 of 38 save opportunities.
Nunez will earn $3.65 million, plus performing bonuses.
In two seasons with the Marlins, Nunez has saved 56 games. In 2010, the right-hander appeared in 68 games, and he logged 65 innings.
Mujica, arbitration eligible for the first time, was acquired from the Padres in the Cameron Maybin deal.
– Joe Frisaro