Marlins' Infante reports early for treatment

February 13, 2012

Second baseman Omar Infante said he reported to the Marlins' spring training complex more than a month early to get treatment for mild tendinitis in his right elbow.

Infante said he felt soreness in the elbow one day in December after he lifted weights in his native Venezuela. He said the elbow feels better and he expects to be ready for normal drills when the team has its first full squad workout on Feb. 26.

Infante took grounders last week and felt no discomfort.

His other challenge will be to adjust to his new double-play partner, shortstop Jose Reyes.

"That's why we have spring training," said Infante, who expects a smooth transition to second. "We have to practice together, a lot."

Hanley Ramirez will move from shortstop to third base, a position Infante has played before in his career (101 games).

"It won't be easy for him," Infante said of Ramirez. "That position is not easy. He'll have to work hard."