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Lindstrom has sore shoulder

Closer Matt Lindstrom has a sore right shoulder, and he will undergo an MRI on Monday.

Most likely, he is done pitching for Team USA. The bigger concern now is the regular season.

In the eighth inning on Sunday against the Netherlands, he was lifted with two outs because of the shoulder discomfort.

Lindstrom began stretching his right side during a sequence with Sharnol Adriana, who lifted a sacrifice fly to right field. Lindstrom gave up a homer to Bryan Engelhardt in the inning, and he nearly caused a bench-clearing incident when his fastball to Vince Rooi sailed to the screen.

Lindstrom has experienced back tightness the past few years. But this time it is his shoulder.

– Joe Frisaro

 

Camping out Monday

What is going on Monday:

* The streak ended at 11 2/3 innings. One of Josh Johnson’s goals this spring was to not issue a walk. He almost did it. With two outs in the fifth inning, he walked Dusty Ryan. Johnson entered Monday night having gone through seven innings without issuing a free pass. The streak continued into the fourth innings against the Tigers. But with the count full to Ryan Raburn, Johnson struck Raburn on the hand. So he hit a batter before walking him. Johnson ran the count full to the next batter he faced, Jeff Larish. But he struck out Larish looking.

* Chris Volstad will start on Wednesday against the Cardinals. Anibal Sanchez will throw a simulated game on Wednesday.

* Alfredo Amezaga is returning from the World Baseball Classic after experiencing stiffness in his left knee on Sunday night. Amezaga went 2-for-5 with a home runs for Mexico in their 17-7 loss to Australia. Amezaga will be examined by Marlins physicians on Tuesday.

* Matt Lindstrom’s first pitch in relief for Team USA on Sunday night against Venezuela was clocked at 100 mph.

“He looked pretty good,” manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “That breaking ball looked good. That fastball command was outstanding. … I was real proud of him. To pitch in that kind of environment and keep his composure.”

* Andrew Miller is slated to throw a simulated game on Tuesday.

* Lefty reliever Taylor Tankersley threw like his of old when he struck out two and threw with authority in a one-two-three seventh inning. Renyel Pinto struck out the side in order in the sixth. And Dan Meyer stepped up with a scoreless eighth. The three lefties are in the mix for two relief jobs.

* Right fielder Brett Carroll ran into foul territory and made a terrific catch near the seats. After catching the drive by Placido Polanco, Carroll made an amazing turn and throw to third base. His throw sailed on a fly directly to third base, preventing Alex Avila from tagging and moving to third.

“Sometimes you just throw and let your instincts take over,” Carroll said. 

– Joe Frisaro

Marlins sign seven more

All 40 players on the Marlins’ 40-man roster are now under contract.

It was a formality since the remaining players were under club control. On Monday, the Marlins renewed contracts for Cameron Maybin, Matt Lindstrom, Taylor Tankersley, Robert Andino, Anibal Sanchez and Renyel Pinto.

Ryan Tucker agreed to a contract.

The league minimum is $400,000.

– Joe Frisaro

Friday in focus

Some observations and items from Friday:

* Dan Uggla was given Friday off.

* Third base/outfield coach Bo Porter went back to Texas for personal reasons. He left late in the game on Thursday, and he is expected to rejoin the team on Saturday.

* Chances of Jose Ceda being on the Opening Day roster are pretty slim becasue he won’t get enough work by April 6. Ceda had some discomfort in his right shoulder, and he is tossing off flat ground at 90 feet. After he progresses to 120 feet, he will start throwing off the mound, possibly as late as next week. He isn’t close to throwing in game situations.

* Renyel Pinto, who had a stomach virus a few days ago, is expected to pitch in Grapefruit League play this weekend.

* Matt Lindstrom on Thursday against the Mets was clocked throwing in the upper 90s.

– Joe Frisaro 

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