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Martin Prado won’t be ready for the start of the regular season

2 Comments’s Joe Frisaro reports that Marlins third baseman Martin Prado had a setback with his surgically-repaired right knee and won’t be ready for the start of the regular season. As a result, Brian Anderson will be the club’s starting third baseman on Opening Day, Frisaro notes.

Prado, 34, played in only 37 games last season, batting a meager .250/.279/.357 with a pair of home runs and 12 RBI in 147 plate appearances.

Anderson, 24, hit .262/.337/.369 with eight extra-base hits in 95 PA last season. MLB Pipeline ranks Anderson as the Marlins’ ninth-best prospect.

Daniel Murphy will miss the start of the season

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Daniel Murphy said today that he will not be ready for Opening Day and will start the year on the disabled list.

Murphy had microfracture knee surgery last October. While he has been able to take batting practice and field ground balls, his lateral movement is still limited. In his absence — which is not expected to last past mid-April or so — Howie Kendrick will get the bulk of the playing time at second base.

Murphy hit .322/.384/.543, smacked 23 homers and knocked in 93 RBI in 2017.