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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