Miami Marlins manager Mike Redmond doesn’t know how long outfielder Justin Ruggiano will be sidelined with a lower back strain.
The new-look Miami Marlins will take the field Monday for the first time in 2012 Grapefruit League action against the defending World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals.
Spring training is in full swing across the Grapefruit League and that means it’s the season of optimism, even for some of the worst teams in Major League Baseball.
The calendar may still read February, but spring training is getting underway across Florida and in Arizona. Almost every team has had pitchers and catchers report, though the Miami Marlins, Chicago White Sox, and Texas Rangers will report Wednesday.
Major league baseball teams started coming to Florida for spring training almost a century ago, traveling by rail from the often still-frozen North to get in shape and play some exhibition games in the sun.
The Miami Marlins will be returning to their spring training home in Jupiter, Florida on February 22nd in anticipation of the first season in the new Marlins stadium.