Marlins' open roster spots remain up for grabs

Center fielder, utility infielder, backup catcher competitions continue for Miami

Marlins' open roster spots remain up for grabs

JUPITER, Fla. -- As Opening Day draws near, the Marlins are not any closer to sorting out a number of open spots on the depth chart.

Manager Mike Redmond acknowledged that Miami is in an uncommon situation, with plenty of spots left up for grabs and Opening Day just 2 1/2 weeks away.

"I'm not worried about it yet," Redmond said. "I'm just not. I know we're probably in a more unique situation than a lot of teams are, in the fact that we have so many question marks, but the bullpen and all that stuff will kind of play itself out over the next couple weeks."

With Giancarlo Stanton and Steve Cishek away with Team USA for the World Baseball Classic, and Greg Dobbs (right calf), Placido Polanco (right oblique) and Logan Morrison (right knee) nursing injuries,a number of other players have been able to get additional looks on the diamond. But it hasn't helped provide much clarity.

The center-field job is up for grabs (Justin Ruggiano, Chris Coghlan and Gorkys Hernandez are the top candidates), and the Marlins also need a utility infielder and backup catcher. There's likely to be some competition at the first- and third-base spots, as well.

"I think we kind of anticipated this coming in, that we were going to have a nice battle for a lot of different positions," Redmond said. "Sitting here now, would I love to have somebody really step out in front of that utility-position role? Of course, but nobody's really stepped out in front of that. That's going to be one of those battles that might come down to one of the last days of spring."

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