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Team hopes to have both on the field soon

Team hopes to have both Ichiro Suzuki, Jeff Locke on the field soon

The Miami Marlins have announced that two of their key players are still dealing with injuries that will continue to keep them off the field. The story appears on MLB.com.

An MRI didn't reveal any structural damage, but Marlins left-hander Jeff Locke is on no-throw status for the next seven days.

Outfielder Ichiro Suzuki, meanwhile, is progressing from back tightness and a bruised right quadriceps. The 43-year-old outfielder is playing catch and doing some light hitting.

Ichiro was shaken up on Tuesday during a collision with Brandon Barnes in an outfield drill.

The team, most notably manager Don Mattingly told the media the most pressing concern with Ichiro was his back. The injury to his knee had him favoring it as he walked off the field last Tuesday and sought treatment from the team’s medical staff.

"We're trending in the right direction," Mattingly said. "Our bigger concern is making sure the back is solid before we keep moving forward. That's where the end of the swing, the running and the pounding [occurs].

Locke was signed in the offseason from Pittsburgh as a possible starter. The team also signed Edinson Volquez in free agency and added Dan Straily through a trade to bolster the starting rotation. There are six pitchers competing for five spots, where the odd man out will be moved to a crowded bullpen.

Locke is dealing with left biceps tendinitis. The discomfort is more in his shoulder area. He tested the arm while playing catch on Thursday, but it still didn't feel right, according to the report on MLB.com.

As a precaution, an MRI was taken, and the results were encouraging.

"We're going to wait until he's 100 percent," Mattingly said. "We're probably not going to throw for the next seven days. In his case, it's going to be strengthening, stretching and going through his treatment. We'll wait until he is 100 percent until he throws."

 


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