Solano scratched due to stiff lower back

Solano scratched due to stiff lower back

JUPITER, Fla. -- With little fuss, Donovan Solano has quietly been one of the Marlins' most productive players in Spring Training. That's why when he isn't on the field, it raises big questions in camp.

On Wednesday morning, Solano was noticeably absent in batting practice.

Why? Solano was scratched from the lineup due to a stiff lower back. The steady second baseman tweaked something while working out in the weight room in the morning.

"We'll see how I feel tomorrow," the 25-year-old said.

Solano became a regular in the second half last year, and he's continued to impress since camp opened. In 15 Grapefruit League games, the Colombia native is batting .409 (18-for-44).

Initially, Solano was penciled in to bat fifth against the Nationals on Wednesday at Roger Dean Stadium. He was replaced by Chris Valaika.

"Give him a day and see how he feels," manager Mike Redmond said. "I just hope it's a one-day thing."

As of Wednesday morning, it wasn't determined if Solano would have an MRI. The Marlins are off on Thursday and they have a night game against the Mets on Friday.

With Solano out, Nick Green and Valaika are options at second base.

"We've talked about the depth," Redmond said. "We need to keep all of these guys healthy. Hopefully, it's just a temporary thing."

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