JUPITER -- One of the Marlins' two split-squad games has been canceled this morning due to heavy rain in the area, and the other could be washed out as well.
The Marlins' game with the Mets in Port St. Lucie has already been wiped out due to the wet weather. We're still waiting to receive word on their other contest, against the Cardinals here in Jupiter. But the forecast does not look promising.
Manager Edwin Rodriguez said scheduled starter Ricky Nolasco is the one player hurt most by the rain. If there's no game today, he said Nolasco would likely either pitch Tuesday morning in a minor league game or throw off a bullpen mound.
But because Nolasco was already behind this spring due to a thumb injury, Rodriguez said it was important that he face major league hitters in what would be his final spring start. Nolasco is down to start Saturday against the Mets.
Meanwhile, Donnie Murphy continues to move closer to locking up the third base job. Rodriguez said Murphy made a nice, diving stop and strong throw on a ball hit to his left on Sunday in Viera.
"I think what we have seen, we are very close to saying that he should be the guy," Rodriguez said.
If there's a game today vs. the Cardinals, this will be the lineup for the Marlins:
1. Chris Coghlan, lf; 2. Omar Infante, 2b; 3. Hanley Ramirez, ss; 4. Mike Stanton, rf; 5. Gaby Sanchez, 1b; 6. Greg Dobbs, 3b; 7. John Buck, c; 8. Scott Cousins, lf; 9. Ricky Nolasco, rhp.