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Marlins eager to start full workouts after rain

JUPITER, Fla. -- Sidetracked by steady rain on Thursday morning, the Marlins will begin their first day of full-squad workouts on Friday at the Roger Dean Stadium complex.

Pitchers on Thursday were limited to throwing bullpen sessions in the covered cages. They were able to long toss in a drizzle, but were not able to do much else. The energy level and intensity should be different at 1 p.m. ET on Friday when position players join the workouts.

"Today was kind of a buzz saw with the rain," manager Mike Redmond said. "Not much we can do. Hopefully, we will be able to get on the field for the first full-squad workout."

Pitchers officially started on Tuesday, although a number of them have been in Jupiter for at least a week.

Closer Steve Cishek is eager to face some batters.

"I've thrown I don't know how many bullpens now, and I haven't faced any hitters yet," Cishek said. "But having a hitter step in is sort of a visual. It obviously helps out in Spring Training. Really, you just want to compete. When a hitter steps in the box, it sets in another gear for you."

Physicals wrap up in the morning, and after a team meeting, the Marlins will be ready to go in full force.

"Really, I'm excited to start the full-squad workouts and get this thing progressing," Redmond said. "I think, when it's just the pitchers and catchers, it feels like something is missing. It's always better when you get the full team out there, and everybody is working together.

"That's really where the camaraderie comes into place. Guys are having fun. I know they're not looking forward to facing those pitchers for the first time in those pitcher's [bullpen sessions]. I know I never looked forward to that, either. We're looking forward to getting on the field. Put last year behind us and move forward."