The Miami Marlins are looking forward to the start of the 2013 season with a tumultuous 2012 season behind them. The team received a good bit of news Thursday.
The projected first baseman for the team, Logan Morrison, began running on a treadmill Thursday. Morrison is working his way back from September surgery he had to repair a patella tendon in his right knee. Morrison will more than likely be out for Opening Day but could return mid-April. Morrison also battled knee inflammation last season, which kept him out for most of the year. He is projected to be the first baseman if he makes it for Opening Day but if not, Greg Dobbs or even Joseph Mahoney could be tabbed as the starter.
Mahoney is currently projected to be in the minors at season’s start but with Morrison’s status uncertain, he could sneak into the starting roster. Last season, Mahoney spent most of his time in the Baltimore Orioles farm system. He was claimed off waivers by the Marlins in November as he looks to crack the major league roster.
Dobbs has been a bench player for the Marlins for most of his tenure with the team. However, he has seen more than 600 at-bats in his two years with the Marlins and with his experience, Dobbs could also be the starter in April when Morrison comes back barring any act of God in Spring Training.