Camp Update 3/11/04

Who has the inside track for the job of opening day catcher and the results from Mike Lowell's MRI were the main topics around Marlins camp on Thursday.

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Catcher Ramon Castro has gotten the attention of manager Jack McKeon with his hot bat this spring. Although McKeon is not quite ready to announce who will be the starter on opening day, there is no question that Castro has the inside track over Mike Redmond. Castro is 5-16 for a .313 AVG so far this exhibition season, he is also tied for the team lead with 3 homeruns this and is leading the team with 8 RBI. If Ramon's off-the-field legal issues aren't a problem (his trial date for sexual assault charges is set for May 3rd), it is looking more and more like Castro will not only be the Marlins full time catcher, but an offensive force in 2004.
Injury Update 3B Mike Lowell received the results from an MRI performed on his aching right elbow on Thursday and the results found that there is no structural damage or loose fragments in the elbow. This is a best case result for Lowell and the Marlins. Doctors have ordered Lowell to continue to rest the elbow and will be out of action for the next 7 days.

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