Extra week of spring benefits injured players

Extra week of spring benefits injured players

JUPITER, Fla. -- An extra week of Spring Training has its pluses and minuses.

The way Marlins manager Mike Redmond sees it, the added time is good for players who have been out due to injuries.

To the others in the clubhouse, they are just about ready for Opening Day on April 1 at Washington.

"If you ask most of the guys in there, I think they'd tell you they're ready," Redmond said.

The benefit comes to players like Placido Polanco, Greg Dobbs and Justin Ruggiano. All three missed time due to injuries. Polanco has played sparingly due to a strained right oblique. Ruggiano was out with a back injury, and Dobbs dealt with a right calf ailment.

All three were in the starting lineup on Tuesday in Miami's 5-4 loss to the Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium. Polanco had a two-run single, Ruggiano went 1-for-3 and Dobbs was 0-for-3.

They are expected to play again on Wednesday against the Nationals in Jupiter, and the team is off on Thursday.

"A couple of guys who have been banged up, we need to get a couple of more at-bats," Redmond said. "We feel like we have enough time to get them more at-bats."

In the final week or so, the hope is to get all the regulars as much time as possible.

"That last week, I'd like to play our regular lineup as many days in a row as we can, as we get ready for Opening Day," Redmond said. "I feel like we're close to being ready to go."

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter