JUPITER, Fla. -- There is more reason for optimism at Marlins camp.
As the team was facing the Astros in Kissimmee on Wednesday, a handful of key players participated in a Minor League game on a back field at the Roger Dean Stadium complex.
Outfielders Logan Morrison (right knee) and Giancarlo Stanton (left knee) each were used as a designated hitter. Both got a few at-bats, with each collecting hits against Mets Minor Leaguers.
Morrison laced a double to right-center, and he ran just fine to second base. Unlike previous times when he was used as a designated hitter, Morrison stayed on the bases, instead of yielding to a pinch-runner.
Stanton added a single.
The two are expected to play the field on Thursday, and the hope is they will be ready for the April 4 opener against the Cardinals at Marlins Park.
Also on Wednesday, Greg Dobbs (left hamstring) played third base, and he also took a few at-bats. Dobbs is also confident he will be ready for Opening Day.
Lefty specialist Randy Choate (right side muscle strain) tossed one inning, facing left-handed hitters. Choate was initially supposed to travel to Kissimmee, but the team kept him back to primarily face left-handed hitters.
Additionally, relievers Heath Bell and Steve Cishek each tossed an inning on a back field. Both are fine. They just were getting their work in as they look to fine tune for the start of the season.