Miami closer Cishek still resting stiff neck

Miami closer Cishek still resting stiff neck

JUPITER, Fla. -- The first couple of days of Spring Training have been a pain in the neck for Steve Cishek.

A couple of days ago, Cishek woke up with a stiff neck, which led to him skipping his second bullpen session.

The Marlins closer is receiving treatment, and on Thursday he once again didn't do any throwing.

"I slept wrong or something when I popped out of bed," Cishek said. "It happens. Nothing serious."

Cishek was a standout closer last year, saving 34 of 36 chances to go with a 2.33 ERA.

Considering all the throwing he had been doing entering Spring Training, Cishek doesn't feel missing one stint on the mound is a big deal.

"I've been throwing off the mound in the offseason," he said.

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