With spring ending, Redmond likes team unity, efficiency

Manager reflects on camp as Grapefruit League schedule wraps up Wednesday

With spring ending, Redmond likes team unity, efficiency

JUPITER, Fla. -- For six weeks, the Marlins used Spring Training to bond together and prepare for the regular season. On Wednesday, Miami's Grapefruit League schedule came to a close.

Manager Mike Redmond likes what he saw since camp started, but he noted a different level of adjustment is ahead when Opening Day rolls around on Monday.

"We all know Spring Training is an adjustment," Redmond said. "There is a whole other adjustment when the season starts.

"Those first couple of turns through the rotation [for the starters], and getting our bullpen guys on the mound as soon as we possibly can in the season is important."

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Overall, Redmond has been impressed. The 25-man roster will officially be set on Sunday, and the regular-season opener is on Monday against the Braves at Marlins Park.

"I'm happy overall with the way things have gone," the manager said. "I think we've been efficient in how we've worked. The new guys coming in, I think they've bonded nicely. I think that's been fun to watch.

"I think our pitchers have gotten their work in. Could we be better at this point in some areas? Of course. But those things will continue to work themselves out as we get into the season."

After facing the Nationals on Wednesday at Roger Dean Stadium, the Marlins are off on Thursday. They will travel to play at their Class A Greensboro affiliate on Friday, with Tom Koehler making the start. And on Saturday, Miami wraps up its exhibition schedule at Double-A Jacksonville. Dan Haren will pitch that day.

The team will work out at Marlins Park on Sunday and get things going on Monday.

"I know the guys feel like they're ready," Redmond said. "A lot of them have felt ready for a week or so. I'm excited to get it going. To get out there, get under the lights, complete and have some fun. That's really what it's all about."

• The rotation was officially announced on Wednesday. Henderson Alvarez will be followed by Mat Latos, Koehler, Haren and Jarred Cosart.

• The Marlins plan on giving first baseman Michael Morse occasional days off in hopes of keeping him healthy all season. Jeff Baker, Don Kelly and perhaps even third baseman Martin Prado are options to play first.

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.