Pinto completes bullpen session

Pinto completes bullpen session

JUPITER, Fla. -- A freakish mishap has sidelined Marlins reliever Renyel Pinto for the past few days, but the left-hander insists it won't prevent him from being ready by Opening Day.

The 6-foot-4 Pinto recently jammed his right foot while getting out of bed at his apartment complex in Jupiter. His toes basically bent the wrong way, and he's been hobbled since.

Pinto did some light throwing on Sunday, and he had his first bullpen session since his foot problem on Tuesday. After throwing off the mound, he gave a thumbs up to being ready to see action in a Grapefruit League game.

"I'm going to be available for the opening of the season," Pinto said.

There still is plenty of time in Spring Training to get the lefty ready for action.

The Marlins are certainly counting on Pinto to be a valuable reliever. Not only is he a lefty specialist, he is a former starter who can toss multiple innings. However, after he was hampered by a sore shoulder in the second half of last season, the team is being cautious with him going more than one inning.

Pinto appeared in a career-high 57 games last season, and he was 3-4 with a 3.68 ERA. He struck out 56 in 58 2/3 innings.

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.