Solano back on field, excited for Opening Day

Solano back on field, excited for Opening Day

JUPITER, Fla. -- After missing a little more than a week with a tight lower back, getting on the field on Wednesday afternoon was certainly a big relief for the Marlins second baseman Donovan Solano.

"I had a big smile," Solano said.

In a Triple-A game at the Roger Dean Stadium complex, Solano played four innings, and he went 1-for-3.

"But no ground balls," Solano said. "They didn't hit any ground balls to me."

That was about the only disappointment for the Colombian native.

"I'll play tomorrow," Solano said. "I'm ready to go."

Solano has been one of the most productive Marlins in Spring Training. In 15 Grapefruit League games, he is 18-for-44 (.409).

The minor setback is causing Solano to play a little catch up to get his timing back.

"I don't feel the same way as when I stopped for a couple of days, when I was seeing pitchers," said Solano, who added that his swinging isn't that far off.

Quietly, Solano is becoming one of the unsung players in the organization. On March 20, Solano was scratched from the lineup after he tweaked his back while working out in the weight room. An MRI taken a few days ago showed there was nothing serious.

Solano is scheduled to play for the Marlins in their Grapefruit League finale on Thursday against the Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium.

Miami faces its Triple-A New Orleans affiliate on Saturday in New Orleans, and Opening Day is Monday in Washington.

"I definitely don't want to miss Opening Day," Solano said.

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