Notebook: Injury forces Ed Lucas to miss Marlins’ trip to Panama

Ed Lucas said he was disappointed about not being able to make the trip to Panama with some of his Marlins teammates for a special two-game series vs. the Yankees.

Anthony Gruppuso

JUPITER, Fla. — One fewer Marlin made the weekend trip to Panama for the Legend Series.

Marlins utility player Ed Lucas, who sustained a strained left hamstring in Thursday’s game against the Tigers in Lakeland, was found at his locker icing it on Friday.

Before hitting the bag as he was held up at third in the fourth inning, Lucas felt it tighten up. He did stay in the game and scored on the next play before Derek Dietrich replaced him in the bottom half.

”It’s sore, but it’s nothing serious,” Lucas said. ”Enough to keep me going on the trip to play it safe.”

Lucas will rest it for a day or two and see how it feels before testing it with baseball activities. He considers it day-to-day at this point.

The 31-year-old is 7-for-22 with a double, home run, six runs and four RBI in 10 games this spring. He is competing for a bench spot. No player replaced him on the trip.

”I’m very disappointed on multiple levels,” Lucas said. ”I was looking forward to the trip from a personal, non-baseball standpoint, but then even more so to not be in the lineup here when I’m starting to feel pretty good. I feel like I’m playing well. Not great timing, but it could’ve been a lot worse, I think.”

Marlins utility player Jeff Baker returned to the lineup batting third and starting at first base for Friday night’s game against the Mets at Roger Dean Stadium.

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Baker, who left Monday’s game with a sore left quadriceps, played five innings in the field and went 0-for-2 against the Mets. He is 5-for-18 (.278) with one double and five runs in eight games this spring.

The 32-year-old will be off Saturday before traveling to Fort Myers on Sunday to play the Twins.

”So far things have gone as planned,” Baker said. ”It wasn’t that bad. When I did it I told (Mike Redmond) I could probably stay in, but he said let’s not take any chances.

”Went through the rehab the last few days, and I feel good. I feel good enough to go out there and play for sure.”

WORTH NOTING

— Rafael Furcal, who left Monday’s game with a strained left hamstring, will return Saturday against the Nationals.

"He feels great," acting manager Rob Leary said. "If he had to he’d play tonight, but the plan was get him going through another workout."

— With half the team in Panama for the Legend Series and injuries to infielders Ed Lucas and Rafael Furcal, the Marlins brought up Taylor Harbin from minor-league camp to start at second base and hit ninth.

— Friday marked the first and only night game of spring training for the Marlins.

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