Marlins promptly putting regular lineup to work

Redmond pencils in projected regulars for first Grapefruit League game this spring

Marlins promptly putting regular lineup to work

JUPITER, Fla. -- Marlins manager Mike Redmond is wasting little time testing out his new-look lineup. All the projected regulars started in Miami's Grapefruit League debut on Thursday against the Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium.

Aside from using Ichiro Suzuki as the designated hitter, the batting order also could closely resemble what the club rolls out on Opening Day. Giancarlo Stanton is batting third, and getting his first playing time in a game situation since being struck in the face by a pitch last September.

"It's been great to see him," Redmond said of Stanton. "He looks good. I know he's in great shape. Now it's the start of the process to prepare yourself for the season. He will be on the same plan as anybody else."

As for the lineup, Redmond wants to start building continuity.

"I think it's important for these guys to play together as much as possible," Redmond said. "We do have quite a few new guys, especially in the infield. It's important for these guys to get out there and learn each other as quickly as possible, and get them going. That's the key."

Redmond's first Spring Training lineup is:

1. Dee Gordon (second base)
2. Christian Yelich (left field)
3. Stanton (right field)
4. Michael Morse (first base)
5. Martin Prado (third base)
6. Marcell Ozuna (center field)
7. Ichiro (designated hitter)
8. Jarrod Saltalamacchia (catcher)
9. Adeiny Hechavarria (shortstop)

Dan Haren will start and pitch two innings.

"In Florida, the travel, some of those trips are longer than others," Redmond said. "It works out where we can play those guys today, and then play some of the extra guys tomorrow on the road."

The Marlins travel to Fort Myers on Friday to face the Red Sox at 1:05 p.m. ET. Tom Koehler will start, and Brad Hand will pitch in relief.

Jose Fernandez threw off the mound for the second time since camp opened. The 22-year-old increased his pitch count to 20 pitches, after throwing 15 on Sunday. Recovering from Tommy John surgery, Fernandez will be on a Monday and Thursday mound schedule starting next week.

Mat Latos has been tabbed to start on Monday against the Mets in Port St. Lucie (1:10 p.m. on MLB.TV).

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.