Locke stalled with biceps tendinitis

Locke stalled with biceps tendinitis

JUPITER, Fla. -- Marlins left-hander Jeff Locke, who is competing for a rotation spot, has been shut down for a few days with biceps tendinitis.

Miami started throwing live batting practice on Sunday, where pitchers are facing hitters for the first time. The 29-year-old Locke experienced discomfort throwing, and as a precaution he's on a three-day, no-throw schedule. He continues to participate in other drills, like bunting and fielding his position.

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Marlins boss excited about events, new arms

Marlins boss excited about events, new arms

JUPITER, Fla. -- Presidents Day falls on the week the Marlins are scheduled to open their Grapefruit League schedule on Saturday against the Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium.

As the players and coaches gear up for game action, president of baseball operations Michael Hill sees plenty of reasons for optimism in 2017.

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Stanton prioritizing consistency, staying on field

Marlins slugger hopes injuries behind him

Stanton prioritizing consistency, staying on field

JUPITER, Fla. -- When it comes to expectations, Giancarlo Stanton sticks to the basics. The Marlins right fielder's primary objectives for 2017 are to stay healthy and show consistency.

It's really that simple for the three-time All-Star who has yet to have that signature season where everything comes together. There's always been something that arises to derail even his most promising years.

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Tall order for Volquez in first live BP session

Pitcher faces Stanton, Yelich in Spring Training

Tall order for Volquez in first live BP session

JUPITER, Fla. -- After seeing the list of hitters he would be facing on Sunday morning, Marlins right-hander Edinson Volquez joked that the coaching staff may not like him.

On the first day of live batting practice, Volquez drew a difficult assignment. The veteran threw to a formidable foursome -- Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich, Marcell Ozuna and Ichiro Suzuki.

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Ichiro shows no signs of stopping after 3,000

Ichiro shows no signs of stopping after 3,000

JUPITER, Fla. -- A new batch of novelty license plates were made after Ichiro Suzuki became the 30th player in Major League history to reach 3,000 hits. It's just part of "Ichiro Mania" that still exists in his native Japan.

Over the years, fans have recognized Ichiro in a variety of ways. Many do so with customized plates. Some sport Ichiro's No. 51 jersey. Others use 262 for his MLB single-season hits record.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Glove is all Gordon, teammates need

Glove is all Gordon, teammates need

JUPITER, Fla. -- Early Saturday morning, Dee Gordon ripped open the package with the same enthusiasm he exudes after receiving a birthday present. His new infield gloves arriving is reason for the Marlins' second baseman to rejoice.

Gordon and three of his teammates who wear mitts made by Wilson Sporting Goods celebrated Glove Day.

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Donnie Baseball steps up to the plate during camp

Donnie Baseball steps up to the plate during camp

JUPITER, Fla. -- Images of Donnie Baseball are back.

Marlins manager Don Mattingly, a career .307 hitter during his 14-year career with the Yankees, takes a hands-on approach in Spring Training. To get a better feel for how a pitcher is throwing, the former All-Star first baseman occasionally steps up to the plate.

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All the small things for Marlins in 2017

Organization preaching importance of consistent focus

All the small things for Marlins in 2017

JUPITER, Fla. -- An attention-to-detail message is already being engrained in the Marlins. It's all part of the "Little Things Matter" theme that manager Don Mattingly and his staff are preaching.

Before its first full-squad workouts on Friday, the club held a meeting. And after the position players wrapped up their drills, they gathered again, in the outfield of Field 2, where outfield coach Lorenzo Bundy and third-base coach Fredi Gonzalez spoke to the players about executing.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Loria fielding offers, up for U.S. Ambassador

Samson confirms reports before first full-squad workout

Loria fielding offers, up for U.S. Ambassador

JUPITER, Fla. -- Marlins president David Samson on Friday afternoon confirmed team owner Jeffrey Loria is going "through the process" to become the United States Ambassador to France, also acknowledging the organization is fielding offers from parties interested in purchasing the club.

Samson said talks with a group headed by Joshua Kushner have stopped, but there are other potential groups interested in purchasing the Marlins.

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Hechavarria misses first day of workouts to testify

Shortstop called to federal court in Miami

Hechavarria misses first day of workouts to testify

JUPITER, Fla. -- Marlins shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria was excused from the team's first full-squad workouts on Friday as the 27-year-old testified in federal court in Miami.

On trial are agent Bartolo Hernandez and trainer Julio Estrada, who are accused of conspiracy and alien smuggling.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Ramos driven to be a top-tier closer

Offseason rumors motivating righty to prove he is Marlins' No. 1 option in bullpen

Ramos driven to be a top-tier closer

JUPITER, Fla. -- Blocking out distractions comes with the territory when you're a big league closer. A.J. Ramos, an All-Star in 2016, has repeatedly shown he's able to ignore all the outside noise and zero in on doing his job.

But as calm as Ramos is on the mound, the 30-year-old still couldn't help but pay attention to the offseason reports that the Marlins were targeting free-agent closers Aroldis Chapman and Kenley Jansen.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mattingly keeps focus on the field

Manager puts emphasis on only the things he can control

Mattingly keeps focus on the field

JUPITER, Fla. -- Marlins manager Don Mattingly is focused on the business of baseball, not on speculation that the club might be sold or reports that team owner Jeffrey Loria is in consideration to become ambassador to France.

"I don't worry about things I can't control," Mattingly said. "It's the same with this ballclub. If you play professionally, you know how to cut out distractions. So anything that would be peripheral to that, for me, is just noise."

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Realmuto skips Classic to learn new position

Marlins' regular catcher will see time at first base to keep bat in lineup

Realmuto skips Classic to learn new position

JUPITER, Fla. -- Sporting a Team USA jersey would have been a tremendous honor for J.T. Realmuto. But after giving serious though to participating in the World Baseball Classic, it was decided the best thing for the 25-year-old would be to remain with the Marlins in Spring Training.

Realmuto already has plenty on his plate as he prepares for 2017. Along with being Miami's regular catcher, the organization wants to use him at first base.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Lefty specialist not mandatory for bullpen

Mattingly set on taking 'best group of guys' from camp

Lefty specialist not mandatory for bullpen

JUPITER, Fla. -- There will be no special treatment for a potential specialist in the Marlins' bullpen. In the past, the organization took a more traditional approach and carried at least one left-hander.

Those days are over, at least this Spring Training. Even with the Marlins leaning towards carrying eight relievers, they insist they won't keep a southpaw with the primary purpose to get left-handed hitters out.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Kushner interest in Marlins on hold

Kushner interest in Marlins on hold

The Kushner family announced on Wednesday that it will not pursue a purchase of the Miami Marlins franchise if current owner Jeffrey Loria is made an ambassador to France.

Multiple reports surfaced last week that the family of Charles Kushner -- a New York City real estate mogul and the father-in-law of Ivanka Trump, the daughter of President Donald Trump -- had reached a "handshake agreement" to purchase the Marlins from Loria, who has owned the club since 2003. Marlins president David Samson, however, downplayed reports that the organization is considering a purchase offer at the team's FanFest event this past weekend.

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Mattingly talks up Volquez as potential OD starter

Mattingly talks up Volquez as potential OD starter

JUPITER, Fla. -- Manager Don Mattingly served up a hint as to who may take the mound for the Marlins on Opening Day. Edinson Volquez, no stranger to big games, could get the nod on April 3 at Washington.

Nothing is official, but Mattingly noted that based on experience, Volquez could be the likely candidate.

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Marlins open camp, aiming to 'play like Jose'

Players have special bond paying tribute to Fernandez

Marlins open camp, aiming to 'play like Jose'

JUPITER, Fla. -- The Marlins don't need any reminders that they're playing a game. When they have any doubts, all the players need to do is look at the No. 16 patches on their jerseys.

"Play like Jose" is a theme many within the organization emphasized as they opened Spring Training on Tuesday at the Roger Dean Stadium complex.

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Business settled, Phelps, Marlins share goal

Business settled, Phelps, Marlins share goal

JUPITER, Fla. -- During the arbitration process, David Phelps and the Marlins agreed to disagree. They were unable to reach a salary figure in mid-January, so an arbitration panel decided last Thursday.

The ruling went in favor of Phelps, who is now signed for $4.6 million, instead of the $4.325 million the club countered with. Now that the business side is settled, the 30-year-old is ready to get down to business.

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Marlins avoid hairy situation, soften beard policy

Marlins avoid hairy situation, soften beard policy

JUPITER, Fla. -- Beards are back at Marlins camp. So are mustaches and goatees.

As long as the players keep them trimmed, they are once again allowed to sport facial hair. It's a change from a year ago, when a stricter policy was in place.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mattingly relays Leyland's message from '88

'Little things mean a lot' resonates with young Marlins team on the rise

Mattingly relays Leyland's message from '88

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- A message Jim Leyland conveyed to his Pirates' club in 1988 inspired Marlins manager Don Mattingly to pass it along to his team prior to the start of Spring Training.

On Marlins' stationary, Mattingly sent a letter dated Jan. 23 to everyone in the organization. The purpose? To stress "Little Things Mean A lot."

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Around the Horn: Marlins strong in outfield

Stanton, Yelich, Ozuna may play new positions in '17

Around the Horn: Marlins strong in outfield

Spring Training for the Marlins gets underway with pitchers' and catchers' workouts beginning on Tuesday at the Roger Dean Stadium complex in Jupiter, Fla. Full-squad practices are set to go on Friday. As the countdown continues, MLB.com is taking a position-by-position look at how the 2017 Miami squad is shaping up. This is the fifth story in a multipart Around the Horn series that runs periodically until camp starts. Today's focus: Outfield. (Previously: infield, catcher, bullpen, rotation)

MIAMI -- The Marlins have retained their outfield trio of Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich and Marcell Ozuna. What is subject to change is where they line up on the field.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Existing core ready for Spring Training

All eight starting position players return in 2017

Existing core ready for Spring Training

With Spring Training fast approaching, MLB.com will take a look at a different aspect of this year's Marlins squad each day this week. Today's topic: Spring Training is here.

MIAMI -- Familiar faces have been filtering into South Florida for a couple of weeks, with many getting some early work done at either Marlins Park or the Roger Dean Stadium complex in Jupiter, Fla.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Marlins 'comfortable' with personnel heading into camp

Organization interested in seeing non-roster invitee Barnes

Marlins 'comfortable' with personnel heading into camp

MIAMI -- When the Marlins begin Spring Training workouts on Tuesday in Jupiter, Fla., there will be no shortage of pitching candidates. In all, 63 players have been invited to big league camp, 33 being pitchers.

Miami has made it clear the emphasis will be on pitching, even to the point the club is planning on carrying 13 pitchers, with eight relievers, on their Opening Day roster.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Few battles loom for Marlins roster spots

Straily, Locke could compete for the final slot in the starting rotation

Few battles loom for Marlins roster spots

With Spring Training fast approaching, MLB.com will take a look at a different aspect of this year's Marlins squad each day this week. Today's topic: Predicting the 25-man roster.

MIAMI -- The Marlins currently have 63 players invited to Spring Training, but there might not be much mystery when it comes to setting the Opening Day roster.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.