JUPITER -- It's two weeks exactly to Opening Night, and it would be accurate to say that for Logan Morrison, Mike Stanton and Greg Dobbs, the clock is ticking louder by the day. The three injured Marlins received medical clearance on Tuesday to resume "baseball activities," but that's a vague term, one that carries different meanings. What it doesn't mean is that any of the three is ready to resume playing. Not immediately.
Dobbs, for example, says he hopes to begin light jogging on Thursday when the Marlins return from today's one-day break from spring training. The Marlins' primary left-handed bat off the bench has been out since March 7 with a hamstring injury. Stanton has been sidelined by 1) a bruised wrist which has now fully healed and 2) a sore knee that remains a problem. Manager Ozzie Guillen said the plan is to go "slower" with Stanton as he works his way back.
Then there's Morrison, who is having obvious problems returning from arthroscopic knee surgery in December. Morrison, who has exactly two at bats this spring, also plans to resume jogging on Thursday and told our Cory Nightingale yesterday that he hopes to DH on Monday, more than likely in a minor-league game. The last time Morrison tried that was last Tuesday, and the following day he woke up with a knee so swollen that the Marlins had to shut him down again.
"It's frustrating," Morrison said. "I definitely want to be out there, but I have full faith in Petey (Bryan Petersen), Cuzzy (Scott Cousins) and (Chris) Coghlan to come in."
Austin Kearns and Aaron Rowand are also in the outfield mix.