Lucas relieved, but will rest with hamstring strain

Lucas relieved, but will rest with hamstring strain

JUPITER, Fla. -- Ed Lucas is experiencing some relief as well as frustration as he treats a left hamstring strain.

The utility infielder appears to have avoided a more serious injury, but he still is expected to sit out at least the next few days.

Lucas strained his hamstring in the fourth inning on Thursday while running the bases. While going from first to third base, he felt something grab in Miami's 4-2 win over the Tigers in Lakeland.

On Friday, Lucas received treatment, and he's encouraged that he likely isn't seriously hurt. Still, there is disappointment, because he is competing for a roster spot. Also, the setback caused him to not attend the Marlins' two-game exhibition against the Yankees this weekend in Panama.

"It's sore, but it's nothing serious," Lucas said. "It's enough to keep me from going on the trip, to play it safe. Rest it for a day or two and see how it feels. Not a big issue."

Adding to the disappointment is the fact Lucas is sidelined at a time he's been producing.

"It's not the time I need to be missing any games," Lucas said. "It's a little disappointing in that sense. But I look at the bright side, it's not too serious. Not a big deal. I'll be able to bounce back quickly."

Lucas is enjoying a solid spring, batting .318 (7-for-22) with a triple, home run and four RBIs.

He's involved in one of the most-watched battles in camp, competing with Donovan Solano for a utility spot. One of the two is expected to make the roster because both can play shortstop.

Derek Dietrich filled in for Lucas at second base on Thursday.

The conditions worked against Lucas on Thursday, because it was the team's coldest day of Spring Training, combined with the team making a three-hour bus ride.

"It's one of those Spring Training situations where you get off the bus, and then it was a little colder. Who knows?" Lucas said.

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