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Former first round picks Heaney, Moran among 17 cuts on Monday morning

JUPITER -- With their trip to Panama and a pair of split squad weekend games now behind them, several Marlins spent Monday morning sharing shopping carts as they moved their gloves, uniforms, bats and shoes from the big league clubhouse over to the minor league clubhouse.

Among the 17 players who picked up and moved out: 2012 first round pick and left-handed pitcher Andrew Heaney, who at one point this season figures to find his way up to Marlins Park, and 2013 first round pick Colin Moran. Heaney gave up five hits and two earned runs over 7 2/3 innings this spring. He also walked two and struckout four. Moran went hitless in six at-bats this spring, but drew three walks and scored two runs against the Yankees.

Both were among 13 players reassigned  to minor league camp on Monday. The others: left-handers Adam Conley, Josh Spence, Greg Nappo and James Leverton; Rett Varner, right-handers Bryan Evans and Nick Wittgren; catcher Austin Barnes; infielders Danny Black and Mark Canha; and outfielder Joe Benson. 

Four others were optioned back to the minors. Right-hander Sam Dyson, left-hander Brian Flynn and catcher Rob Brantly to Triple A New Orleans and left-hander Edgar Olmos to Double A Jacksonville.

> Manager Mike Redmond said pinch-hitter Greg Dobbs (strained quad, last game March 11th), second baseman Rafael Furcal (hamstring, last played Saturday) and utility man Ed Lucas (hamstring, last played Thursday) will begin working their way back into the lineup after Wednesday's off day. Redmond said it's likely all three will begin getting at-bats in minor league games.

"I think we'll probably start out of them back out there. It's just easier to control the situation," Redmond said. "You don't have to have them run the bases if you don't want them to run the bases."

The Marlins are being careful with Furcal and will start him on a running program first, Redmond said. Is the team concerned he only had 18 at-bats this spring and might not be ready for the start of the season?

"I think it's a concern. I think we all talked about him being healthy. It's getting later in camp and he doesn't have a lot of at-bats," Redmond said. "At the same time too he's played a long time. I think he knows what it takes for him [to be ready]. I'm not as worried for him about the at-bats. I just want him to go out there and feel good and have his legs under him. I think that's the most important thing at this point."

> With a lot of pitchers scheduled to pitch Monday, Redmond said the team sent relievers Carlos Marmol and Mike Dunn to pitch in a minor league game so they could get their work in.

"We try to see different guys pitch over here in the stadium," Redmond said. "We obviously know what Dunn can do."

MONDAY'S LINEUPS

> Mets (8-9-2): 1. Matt den Dekker LF, 2 Ruben Tejada SS, 3. Kirk Nieuwenhuis CF, 4. Zach Lutz 1B, 5. Eric Campbell 3B, 6. Anthony Recker DH, 7. Juan Centeno C, 8. Anthony Seratelli RF, 9. Omar Quintanilla 2B. LHP John Lannan.

> Marlins (11-7-2): 1. Adeiny Hechavarria SS, 2. Christian Yelich CF, 3. Giancarlo Stanton RF, 4. Garrett Jones 1B, 5. Jarrod Saltalamacchia C, 6. Jeff Baker 2B, 7. Marcell Ozuna LF, 8. Casey McGehee 3B, 9. Henderson Alvarez RHP.

 

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