• Manager Mike Redmond repeated on Saturday what he said Friday about playing time for Giancarlo Stanton. The team is trying to get Stanton as many at-bats as possible to prepare him for the World Baseball Classic. Stanton will be leaving on March 3 to participate with Team USA in the Classic.
Stanton started in right field on Saturday against the Cardinals, but will not make the trip to Viera, Fla., on Sunday to face the Nationals. The plan is for him to travel to Lake Buena Vista, Fla., on Monday when Miami takes on the Braves. And he will be the designated hitter on Tuesday versus the Mets in Jupiter, Fla. Redmond is trying to get Stanton ready to play nine innings by the time he leaves for the Classic.
• Assistant trainer Mike Kozak, a Canadian native, will be a trainer on Team Canada's World Baseball Classic team. Kozak will be leaving on March 1 to join the Canadian squad.
• Giancarlo Stanton and Steve Cishek will be departing camp on March 3 to hook up with Team USA in the Classic. Henderson Alvarez, who will pitch for Venezuela, also leaves on March 3. Third base coach Joe Espada will also be taking part in the Classic, coaching third for Puerto Rico.
• Among the players traveling to Viera to face the Nationals are, Rob Brantly, Chone Figgins, Chris Coghlan, Christian Yelich, Bryan Petersen, Jake Marisnick and Greg Dobbs.