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Marlins add INF Valdez to camp

By Steph Rogers

JUPITER -- The Marlins have added more questions to the spring with five games remaining in the Grapefruit League season. Freshly released from the San Francisco Giants (as in, yesterday) Miami has signed infielder Wilson Valdez to a minor league deal with an invitation to what little is left of Major League camp.

"We brought him in to see where he fits, if there is a fit with what we've got," manager Mike Redmond said. "We're always trying to better the team."

Valdez flew in late on Friday night, and took batting practice with the team on Saturday. He is wearing No. 1.

The Marlins are dealing with the prolonged absence of Donovan Solano, and Valdez's signing might be indicative that the second baseman's injury might be more trouble than anticipated. Solano was pulled on Wednesday with a stiff back.

Starting lineups:

Marlins: 6 Adeiny Hechavarria, 5 Placido Polanco, 3 Greg Dobbs, 9 Austin Kearns, 8 Chris Coghlan, 4 Chris Valaika, 2 Kyle Skipworth, 7 Gorkys Hernandez, 1 Nathan Eovaldi

Cardinals: 4 Daniel Descalso, 9 Oscar Tavares, 7 Matt Holliday, 2 Yadier Molina, 3 Matt Adams, 5 Ty Wigginton, 8 Adron Chambers, 6 Pete Kozma, 1 Lance Lynn


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Stan M

Last week I said that these Cardinal announcers were awful. Hopefully, some of you are watching this nationally televised game and will see how bad these Card announcers really are. Tommy and Rich are so superior to these two house clowns that there is no comparison. The Cards are a great organization with terrific fans and a rich tradition of great announcers. And now there have these two sleep inducers.

Some have criticized the Hanley trade and I can't understand it. We all wanted him gone and this Eovaldi guy looks like he has tremendous potential. And from a Dodger standpoint, he went to that World thing and learned nothing about proving his SS defense as the team wanted. From my sandpoint, I am happy he's gone. We saved his salary and got a very good prospect in return. It's not so much his injury, it's te idea that he sould have stayed with the team to improve himself, but that wasn't in his agenda. Good riddence.


Seems we are having more than our share of injuries with stiff necks & backs. Do the Marlins have any off season conditioning program? It's starting to sound like our players are way to fragil to play a full season.

SamSpade Private Detective

StanM-re the Cardinal announcers, they talk about everything but the game at hand. Can't believe a great organization the the Cardinals hired them.

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