JUPITER, Fla. -- The Marlins are less than a week from wrapping up Spring Training, and the organization is still taking a wait-and-see approach with Martin Prado.The veteran third baseman is expected to open the season on the disabled list with a Grade 1 right hamstring strain. More on his
JUPITER, Fla. -- The Marlins are less than a week from wrapping up Spring Training, and the organization is still taking a wait-and-see approach with Martin Prado.
The veteran third baseman is expected to open the season on the disabled list with a Grade 1 right hamstring strain. More on his status should be known by the end of the week.
"He's still recovering," manager Don Mattingly said. "He hasn't gotten on the field yet. He's getting treatment."
Opening Day is April 3 at Washington, and Miami breaks camp on Saturday.
Prado injured his hamstring playing for Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic. On March 15, while facing Team USA in San Diego, he pulled up running to first base after hitting a ground ball.
An MRI taken on March 18 revealed the Grade 1 strain.
The best-case scenario is Prado could return for Miami's first homestand, which begins April 11 against the Braves.
But the club is being especially cautious with one of its team leaders.
"We know he's going to be on the DL," Mattingly said. "It's a matter of how long."
Derek Dietrich is getting the majority of work at third base with Prado out.
• Shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria was scratched from the lineup on Sunday due to a sore back. Hechavarria felt some discomfort during Saturday's game with St. Louis.
Mattingly noted that Hechavarria should be fine, and miss just one day.
"He will be on the field working out, but I just wanted to give him one more day," Mattingly said.
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