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Polanco steady, Dobbs to return on Saturday


JUPITER, Fla. -- Marlins manager Mike Redmond said Placido Polanco is "still the same" in his recovery from a right oblique strain and his third-base backup Greg Dobbs is on track to return to game action on Saturday after battling a calf injury.

Dobbs has appeared in one Grapefruit League game, going 1-for-3. He took grounders, ran the bases and took batting practice on Tuesday.

"I guess he can't really make his Grapefruit League debut twice, but it'll be good to get him back," Redmond said of Dobbs. "I know he's feeling good. He's been able to hit and stuff, but he just wants to feel like he's 100 percent to run."

Polanco has appeared in four games this spring, going 4-for-10 with an RBI, a walk and a strikeout. He was signed as a free agent to a one-year contract on Dec. 20 to play third base.

"It's just kind of on him now," Redmond said. "He's able to hit and all that stuff, so it's just a matter of when he's able to feel good enough to throw."

With Polanco and Dobbs on the mend, it's meant more reps for non-roster invitees Chone Figgins and Kevin Kouzmanoff at third base. Kouzmanoff hit his third home run of the spring on Tuesday, a two-run shot in the third.

Joey Nowak is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @joeynowak. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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