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Friday for Castillo: Out since May 9 with a left quadriceps strain, second baseman Luis Castillo is close to returning to the lineup.

 

After Castillo took batting and fielding practice on Tuesday, McKeon said the two-time Gold Glove winner should be in the lineup Friday when the Marlins take on Tampa Bay in St. Petersburg.

 

The Marlins wrap up their six-game road swing through San Diego and Los Angeles on Wednesday. They are off Thursday before opening the homestand.

 

"Louie ran around and he swung the bat good," McKeon said. "Hopefully, we'll have him back in there on Friday."

 

Damion Easley has filled in nicely at second base, batting .317 (6-for-19) in his last six starts. In that span, Easley has homered and driven in five runs.

 

Mota progressing: Guillermo Mota was set to face batters before Tuesday's game, but those plans were delayed. Instead, Mota will throw a bullpen session on Wednesday morning, and he will face hitters on Friday when the team is back home.

 

The Marlins are in no hurry to push Mota back from the disabled list, where he has been out with inflammation in his elbow.

 

On Sunday, Mota tested all his pitches during an encouraging side throwing session in San Diego.

 

Most likely, Mota will return to action sometime next week, either in the series with the Phillies (May 23-25) or the Mets (May 26-29).

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Friday for Castillo: Out since May 9 with a left quadriceps strain, second baseman Luis Castillo is close to returning to the lineup.

 

After Castillo took batting and fielding practice on Tuesday, McKeon said the two-time Gold Glove winner should be in the lineup Friday when the Marlins take on Tampa Bay in St. Petersburg.

 

Are all these articles so clueless? We play @ home this weekend..and we don't play @ tampa bay until June 24th... Guess he'll be out for a while. :mischief2

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Easley has done superb filling in while Luis has been out. Jack needs to find a way to get him into the lineup more often...perhaps by spelling each of the infielders one day at a time during those long stretches without days off.

 

Yet it is Mota we desperately need back in the BP. The group looks pretty shaky right now. I wonder if Jack will use Mota as a set up guy when he first gets back just to get back in rhythym again.

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Lo Duca is 6-15 with 2 walks in the 2 spot since Luis Castillo has been gone.

 

Do you guys think we should leave him in there and put Luis somewhere else in the lineup?

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Lo Duca would go 6-15 with 2 walks in any spot in the lineup right now.

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Easley has done superb filling in while Luis has been out. Jack needs to find a way to get him into the lineup more often...perhaps by spelling each of the infielders one day at a time during those long stretches without days off.

 

Yet it is Mota we desperately need back in the BP. The group looks pretty shaky right now. I wonder if Jack will use Mota as a set up guy when he first gets back just to get back in rhythym again.

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agree with your sentiments, but do you think its a good idea to make mota a setup guy? i think its tough for closers to shift into the non-closer role and then come back. i guess the ideal thing would be to get him some work in a game where we have a big lead, but i dont know about having him set up for someone else.

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Easley has done superb filling in while Luis has been out. Jack needs to find a way to get him into the lineup more often...perhaps by spelling each of the infielders one day at a time during those long stretches without days off.

 

Yet it is Mota we desperately need back in the BP. The group looks pretty shaky right now. I wonder if Jack will use Mota as a set up guy when he first gets back just to get back in rhythym again.

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agree with your sentiments, but do you think its a good idea to make mota a setup guy? i think its tough for closers to shift into the non-closer role and then come back. i guess the ideal thing would be to get him some work in a game where we have a big lead, but i dont know about having him set up for someone else.

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It would be nice if it works out that way. Gagne came in to pitch the 9th in his first game back and surrendered 2 runs to Atlanta. The Dodgers were already losing so it really didn't matter that much. For Mota it might not affect him as much since he has been a set up guy most of his career.

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