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Camping out Thursday

Some things on note:

* Matt Lindstrom threw one inning, and 16 pitches, in a low A Minor League game on Thursday. It was the first time he’s faced hitters since March 15, when strained his right rotator cuff. Lindstorm is expected to be on the Opening Day roster.

* Alfredo Amezaga’s knee brace has arrived, and he is wearing it for support. Amezaga continues to do drills, but he likely will start the season on the disabled list with a sprained knee. Amezaga says the brace is stabilizing his knee, and he is going through drills wearing it.

* Bullpen coordinator Pierre Arsenault expects to need four-to-six weeks to recover from a left hip condition. He is hoping to return in a couple of months. For now, he’s on crutches. The Marlins are looking to see who will assume the role, which requires catching in the bullpen. Arsenault is the lone remaining coach from the 2003 World Series title team. He is optimistic he can return in a couple of months.

* Ross Gload, acquired from the Royals on Wednesday, took a red-eye flight from Arizona to Florida and was in uniform by 11 a.m. and available to play on Friday.

* Emilio Bonifacio, who was struck on the left middle finger by a pitch on Wednesday, was out of the lineup on Thursday for precautionary reasons. Dan Uggla also was given the day off. Both are fine.

— Joe Frisaro

Lindstrom getting closer

Anything can happen between now and Monday’s opener, but the way manager Fredi Gonzalez sounded on Tuesday, Matt Lindstrom should be ready from day one.

Recovering from a strained right rotator cuff, Lindstrom threw an impressive bullpen session on Tuesday afternoon. He was supposed to throw in a simulated game, but that was canceled due to heavy rains in the afternoon. So instead, he threw off the mound, and everything went well.

“Hopefully he’s ready to go, and he will be the closer,” Gonzalez said.

Lindstrom said before he threw that his shoulder was feeling great, and that he expected to be ready for Opening Day.

Next for the right-hander is to throw in a Minor League game on Thursday.

— Joe Frisaro

Lindstrom sim game

Next up for Matt Lindstrom is to throw a simulated game on Tuesday.

With the Marlins having a night game on Tuesday against the Mets, Lindstrom’s sim game will be early in the afternoon.

If that goes well, he next step could be pitching in a Minor League game. Lindstrom is recovering from a right rotator cuff strain.

He said on Monday that he is feeling healthy and strong. There is a chance he can be ready for Opening Day, but if he isn’t, he isn’t expected to miss more than a few games of the regular season.

— Joe Frisaro

Lindstrom, Amezaga updates

Matt Lindstrom threw off the mound on Sunday, and the right-hander remains hopeful of being ready for Opening Day.

Lindstrom’s next step is to face hitters on Tuesday. That will either be in live batting practice or perhaps a Minor League game.

Manager Fredi Gonzalez didn’t rule out having his closer back by Opening Day.

Alfredo Amezaga fielded some more ground balls and he is hitting off the tee. Recovering from a sprained left knee, Amezaga is expected to miss most of the first month.

— Joe Frisaro

Injury updates

Dallas McPherson was back in the lineup on Thursday, seeing action as the designated hitter.

McPherson had been nursing a strained right oblique. He had five at-bats in a Triple-A game on Wednesday, and he is ready to play the field as well.

Gaby Sanchez (left knee) had three at-bats in a Minor League game on Wednesday, and he made the trip to Fort Lauderdale on Thursday.

Matt Lindstrom will throw off the mound for five minutes on Friday, as he recovers from a right rotator cuff strain.

Scott Proctor is in no-throw status for two more weeks as he deals with the scar tissue proble in his right elbow.

Alfredo Amezaga (left knee) was examined by the doctors on Thursday, as they decide how to begin his rehab.

— Joe Frisaro

Lindstrom progressing

If all continues to go well, Matt Lindstrom will throw for five minutes off the mound on Friday. The team hasn’t ruled out the hard-throwing right-hander being ready by Opening Day.

Lindstrom is recovering from a right rotator cuff strain that he sustained during the World Baseball Classic. The projected Florida closer began throwing off flat ground on Monday.

The plan is to build him up to throw for five minutes off the mound on Friday. From there, he likely will throw to hitting in live batting practice before he gets back into the game. It will be about a week before he is expected to be in game situations.

— Joe Frisaro

Marlins on the mend

Some quick injury information. Foremost, Hanley Ramirez took batting practice, crushed a few balls, and took grounders at shortstop, making strong throws to first base.

Ramirez has been bothered by a sore shoulder. He was back in the lineup at shortstop, hitting third against the Red Sox on Saturday.

Ramirez said he felt good.

Matt Lindstrom said on Friday he was planning on throwing Sunday. He was a day off. Lindstrom admitted he was trying to push it. Now, he is slated to throw off flat ground on Monday, which is seven days from the time he took the MRI on his strained right rotator cuff.

Dallas McPherson’s right oblique is not considered serious. He hopes to hit off the tee on Sunday, and be back by a few days after that. Gaby Sanchez’s bruised left knee is on the mend. He could be back by Tuesday or Wednesday.

— Joe Frisaro

Lindstrom close to throwing

It looks like it will be exactly seven days when Matt Lindstrom resumes throwing.

Dealing with a right rotator cuff strain, Lindstrom said on Friday that he is scheduled to throw off flat ground on Sunday.

The Marlins closer felt some tightness in his shoulder while pitching for Team USA last Sunday against the Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic. An MRI revealed the strain, and he was shut down from throwing for seven to 10 days.

Lindstrom estimates he will throw at 90 feet.

There still is no time frame for when he will return to game action. And it is doubtful he will be ready for Opening Day.

However, Lindstrom is encouraged with how he feels, and he doesn’t consider the injury serious.

— Joe Frisaro


Stottlemyre on Lindstrom

Matt Lindstrom’s strained right rotator cuff is a touchy point for Team USA.

Lindstrom felt some stiffness in his shoulder during his bullpen session before he entered Sunday night’s game in the eighth inning against the Netherlands.

Team USA bullpen coach Mel Stottlemyre said the Marlins closer didn’t say a word. Eventually, Lindstrom was lifted, and an MRI revealed the strain, and he is in a no throw period for seven to 10 days.

The injury likely will cause him to open the season on the disabled list.

“He didn’t give us any indication that anything was bothering him at all,” Stottlemyre said. “I feel really bad. He didn’t say anything. Of course, he wanted to go out there and compete, but we felt real bad. Hopefully, it’s not anything serious.”

A concern is when a player doesn’t speak up before he takes the mound.

“It’s one of those things you try to safeguard against as much as possible,” Stottlemyre said. “Make them realize that even though the competition is really fierce, they’re still at a stage in Spring Training where their arms are still building. It’s been a tough job for [Team USA pitching coach] Marcel Lachemann to try to reach a fine point. You want them to do well out there, and at the same time protect themselves, because they still are in Spring Training.”

— Joe Frisaro

Lindstrom strained rotator cuff

Matt Lindstrom has a strained right rotator cuff, an MRI revealed on Monday.

Lindstrom experienced soreness in his right shoulder on Sunday night while pitching for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic. He is on a no-throw scheduled for seven-to-10 days, and he’s out of the Classic.

— Joe Frisaro