Morrison among Marlins players making rehab strides

Morrison among Marlins players making rehab strides

NEW YORK -- Logan Morrison may be getting closer to a return from right-knee surgery. Morrison has been able to increase his cardiovascular exercises in recent days.

"Morrison will hopefully start running," said Redmond. "He's taking grounders and taking batting practice, so hopefully he'll start running by the end of the week. Another good sign there."

Redmond also took the time Sunday to update the media on some other injuries. Henderson Alvarez and Nathan Eovaldi -- two starting pitchers who began the season on the disabled list -- are slowly working their way back into shape. Alvarez has started throwing, while Eovaldi is waiting for clearance.

"Alvarez resumed playing catch, which is a good sign," said Redmond of the 22-year-old. "We're hoping he'll be back on the mound throwing a bullpen by the end of the week."

Redmond also said that catcher Jeff Mathis, recovering from a broken right clavicle suffered in Spring Training, has been able to throw from 45 feet and take some dry swings.

Oufield prospect Christian Yelich, the 23rd overall selection in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft, may also be nearing a return to action. Yelich has been sidelined by a bruised left heel, but the Marlins hope he'll be able to participate in extended Spring Training by the middle of next week.

Once Yelich gets going in extended camp, it won't take too long before he's able to begin his season. Yelich is expected to report to Double-A Jacksonville as soon as he's healthy enough to play.

Spencer Fordin is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.