BURNETT DIAGNOSED WITH FRACTURE: Marlins pitcher A.J. Burnett has been diagnosed with a Jones fracture, a stress fracture of the fifth metatarsal in his right foot. The diagnosis was made during an examination by Marlins Foot & Ankle Surgeon Dr. Robert Mills in Fort Lauderdale yesterday morning. Burnett will wear a walking boot on his right foot for approximately 3-4 weeks, and will use a bone stimulator for 10 hours a day. He will be able to do conditioning work but will be unable to throw from a mound or run.
SPRING TRAINING UNDERWAY: The Marlins opened their ninth Spring Training camp yesterday, as 29 pitchers (including nine non-roster invitees) and eight catchers (five non-roster) reported to Space Coast Stadium and the Carl Barger Baseball Complex. EARLY BIRDS: Several Marlins position players reported to Spring Training early to begin preparations for workouts on Friday, though they are not permitted to workout with the Club. They include infielders David Berg, Chris Clapinski, Andy Fox and Kevin Millar and outfielders Jeff Abbott, Rich Becker, Chad Mottola and Lyle Mouton. Abbott, Becker, Fox, Mottola and Mouton are all in their first Spring Training with the Marlins. Due to his injury status, infielder Nate Rolison was permitted to take the field early, and he worked out with the Marlins
The Marlins agreed to an 11th-hour deal with Antonio Alfonseca worth $6 million over two years.
The Florida Marlins have previewed renderings of the new ballpark.
The Florida Marlins have retained the services of Mike Veeck and MG Consultants to assist in the development of new revenue opportunities and business consulting. The announcement was made by Marlins Executive Vice President Julio G. Rebull, Jr.
The Marlins agreed to a $2.2 Million one-year contract with second baseman Luis Castillo. Castillo, 25, batted a career-high and Marlins club-record .334 with two home runs, 17 RBI and 62 stolen bases. He became just the second Marlin to lead the Major Leagues in stolen bases. Castillo also set Club marks with 55 multi-hit games and 180 hits.