Lucas set to play Sunday; Furcal, Dietrich on the mend

Lucas set to play Sunday; Furcal, Dietrich on the mend

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- The Marlins have three infielders resting with minor injuries. At least one is close to returning to Grapefruit League action.

Ed Lucas, who strained his left hamstring on March 13 at Lakeland against the Tigers, could return on Sunday, when the Marlins will again visit the Tigers.

"I have him playing Sunday in Lakeland at first base," manager Mike Redmond said.

Lucas spent Thursday and Friday as the designated hitter in Minor League games, and he'll get a day off on Saturday.

Rafael Furcal (left hamstring) has been participating in limited baseball activities, and the team wants him to advance his running before he gets into game action.

"Furcal is still about the same," Redmond said. "He says he was feeling better, but we've got to see this guy run.

"We are going to get him out running a couple of days in a row to test that hamstring and make sure it is good to go before we get him out there in a game."

Derek Dietrich (fractured nose) is being fitted for a protective mask to wear in the field.

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