The Marlins don’t want to stand in the way of a player who gets invited to represent his country in the World Baseball Classic, a tournament featuring teams from 16 nations.
But it’s also clear they would be much happier if slugger Giancarlo Stanton, starting pitcher Henderson Alvarez and reliever Steve Cishek stayed in Jupiter for the next two weeks instead.
“Everybody is in the same boat,’’ Marlins manager Mike Redmond said Friday after Miami’s 8-7 loss to the Minnesota Twins.
“Would you love to still have them? Absolutely. That’s just the way it goes. The Twins are losing 13 guys, so I feel fortunate that we are only losing three.’’
Stanton and Cishek are off Saturday and will join Team USA on Sunday. Alvarez will join Team Venezuela. All three played their final game Friday and could be away from the Marlins for the nearly three weeks, since the tournament final is March 19.
“It’ll be fun,’’ said Stanton, the designated hitter Friday who went 0-for-3 with a walk and sac fly.
The WBC means MLB teams with large spring rosters can give more playing time in the Grapefruit League to others. But the main concern for teams is for their WBC players to return healthy.
Stanton is 6-for-15 (.400) with a homer and 4 RBIs over his first five Grapefruit League games.
While he has been limited to an average of seven games over each of his last two springs because of injuries, he has been healthy this spring. He attributes his endurance to a new workout regimen this winter in California.
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