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Brinson visits Parkland students in hospital

Native of nearby Coral Springs, Fla., Marlins outfielder glad to cheer up kids
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JUPITER, Fla. -- The day before the Marlins started full-squad workouts, outfielder Lewis Brinson had more than baseball on his mind. The 23-year-old made a trip to a local hospital to visit two students being treated for injuries sustained in last week's shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.

Brinson made an impromptu visit and spent some time with the students and their families. He had not previously known the students, nor did he reveal their full names or which specific hospital they are being treated.

JUPITER, Fla. -- The day before the Marlins started full-squad workouts, outfielder Lewis Brinson had more than baseball on his mind. The 23-year-old made a trip to a local hospital to visit two students being treated for injuries sustained in last week's shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.

Brinson made an impromptu visit and spent some time with the students and their families. He had not previously known the students, nor did he reveal their full names or which specific hospital they are being treated.

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"Those kids are warriors," Brinson said. "What they went through, all the wounds they have. They have battle scars for being in high school. That's unheard of. It needs to stop at some point."

A resident of Coral Springs, Fla., Brinson lives close to Stoneman Douglas High, which was his high school's biggest rival. Brinson and the Marlins will pay tribute to Stoneman Douglas on their caps prior to Friday's Grapefruit League opener against the Cardinals in Jupiter.

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"It was a hard moment for me last week just to know something could go on in a neighborhood I grew up in," Brinson said. "It was a tough pill for me to swallow. But they'll get through it."

On Monday, it was time for baseball, with the Marlins having their first full-squad workouts at the Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium complex. But Brinson pledged that he would make a return visit to see the Douglas students.

"I told them I would be back to check on them," Brinson said. "For all the heartache and pain they're going through, I was glad I was able to put a smile on those kids' faces. Just to say hi to them."

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Ready to turn the page

Before taking the field for the first full-squad workouts, a couple of prominent Marlins from the past few seasons once again addressed Miami's offseason moves.

In a busy offseason, the Marlins traded Giancarlo Stanton, Dee Gordon, Christian Yelich and Marcell Ozuna. The revamped roster includes a number of new faces that were acquired in those offseason trades.

Third baseman Martin Prado said the players who were dealt will be missed, but it's time for a new beginning.

"Those guys are super professional," Prado said. "I wish them the best, wherever they are at. Now, I have to handle myself. I have to handle my new teammates. We have to move on."

First baseman Justin Bour noted that even last season, when the team fell far out of the race by the All-Star break, that sweeping changes could be made.

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"I think we had a good possibility this could happen," Bour said. "We talked to each other throughout the season and this offseason. We realized it was something that might take place. It wasn't like some crazy thing just happened out of nowhere.

"Obviously, it's tough to lose those guys. We played with them. They're your friends. But you've got to continue to do your job, be professional and go out there and play every day."

Live BP

With the first Grapefruit League game scheduled for Friday against the Cardinals, the position players don't have much time before they see game action.

So the first day position players were on the field, the hitters faced live pitching.

"It's definitely an advantage for the pitchers," catcher J.T. Realmuto said. "It's tough as a batter the first day of live BP. It looks like everybody is throwing 110 mph. So that's always fun."

Among the pitchers Realmuto faced were hard-throwing Sandy Alcantara, who does throw 100 mph. Realmuto lined one Alcantara fastball to deep center field.

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"For the pitchers, it's just nice for them to finally get a hitter in the box and kind of working on the stuff they've been working on, and actually competing and trying to get guys out," Realmuto said.

Worth noting

• The roster is at 69 players, but one was unable to report. Outfielder Rafael Ortega had visa issues and has not been able to leave his native Venezuela.

Up next: The Marlins on Tuesday will be taking the field at 9:30 a.m. ET at the Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium complex. Workouts are open to the public.

Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

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