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"JUPITER — Two days into camp, starting pitcher Ricky Nolasco hasn't thrown off the mound and the Marlins don't know when he will.


Nolasco, the team's No. 2 starter, said he jammed his right thumb about "a week and a half ago" while working out in Miami. Although X-rays were negative, the thumb is still too sore to allow Nolasco to throw.


"It is frustrating, but at least the doctors say it's not serious,' he said Saturday.


Nolasco said he hopes to throw a bullpen session later this week, but manager Edwin Rodriguez said it could be longer than that.


"I don't think it's going be sooner than that, but it could be later than that. A week or more,' Rodriguez said. "We have to go slowly with him.'


Neither Nolasco nor the Marlins are worried yet about his readiness for the season. He said he had thrown about eight bullpen sessions in Miami before suffering the injury.


"Once I am able to go ahead and let it go, it's not something that's going to take forever for me to build back up,' Nolasco said. "As long as it heals properly and there's no pain, it's not going to change how I prepare myself.'


The Marlins open Grapefruit League action Feb. 28. If manager Edwin Rodriguez sticks to his projected rotation, Nolasco's first start would come March 1 against the Cardinals.


That could change if Nolasco doesn't get on the mound in the next 10 days.


Nolasco went 14-9 with a 4.51 ERA last season, which ended Aug. 28 after he tore the meniscus in his right knee. He had surgery in September, and he said Saturday the knee is completely healed.


Infante leading off: During the winter, Chris Coghlan was slated to hit first in the Marlins' batting order in 2011. That plan has changed.


Rodriguez on Saturday said he plans to bat Coghlan second behind Omar Infante for at least the first two weeks of spring games.


Rodriguez said he prefers to have Coghlan's left-handed bat at the top of the order between two right-handed hitters, Infante and No. 3 hitter Hanley Ramirez.


Infante batted first in the majority of his games last season for Atlanta, collecting 86 hits in 282 at-bats (.305). He also had a .349 on-base percentage.


Coghlan said his surgically repaired left knee is fine, but the Marlins are being cautious with him. Coghlan will play center field this year for the first time in his career, and he shagged fly balls in center on Friday and Saturday."







It's worth mentioning, I guess.

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