"I was in big league camp [last spring] with the Cubs," Fife recalled. "I made two starts in Triple-A, strained my oblique, made one start, tore my oblique, then made four starts at the end of the year."
The Cubs released him in November, and he signed with the Marlins a month later.
"I had him out in L.A. I liked his competitiveness," said Dodgers manager Don Mattingly. "He's got some weapons, so it's good to see him throwing the ball well and healthy. I don't even think he was healthy when I had him before, but he's always competitive."
Fife became the 11th Marlin to start a Spring Training game, which says something about his chances of starting the season in Miami's rotation.
"We'll see. He's throwing the ball good, though. He's had a good camp," Mattingly said.
"I've got to prove I'm healthy," Fife acknowledged. "I know my career the last three or four years hasn't been exactly stellar in that aspect.
"But I didn't think the career was over. My agent said some teams were still interested; I did throw the ball well when I was able to throw last year, and I changed a bunch of things this offseason in terms of nutrition and training and sleep habits and the whole thing to try to revitalize this thing and keep it going a couple more years."
Dick Scanlon is a contributor to MLB.com.
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