Worth noting

• Right fielder Giancarlo Stanton threw out Atlanta's Jordan Schafer trying to score from second on a single in the fifth inning of Monday's game.

• Non-roster invitee Jose Fernandez threw batting practice on Monday, and he could make his Grapefruit League debut in a "B" game on Thursday. Fernandez has been held back because of a tight hamstring, not because he hit Stanton in the head with a pitch during batting practice.

Pitching coach Chuck Hernandez said that he didn't need to talk to the right-hander about that incident, saying, "He's fine. It's part of the game. It may not be the last time it ever happens. It's part of what we do."

• First baseman Casey Kotchman took batting practice on Monday, one day after taking part in a simulated game. Kotchman hasn't played in a week after getting four stitches in his left ring finger.

"We'll just see. It's going to kind of be up to him. As soon as he's ready to go, we're going to put him out there," manager Mike Redmond said.

• Outfielder Juan Pierre and third baseman Placido Polanco will start on Tuesday against the Mets at Roger Dean Stadium, but Redmond plans to bring the two veterans along slowly.

"Those guys are probably the least of my worries," he said. "Those guys are going to get their at-bats. They're veteran guys and I want to take care of them, especially Polanco after having some back problems over the last couple years. I want to make sure he eases into it. We need those guys for the long haul. We don't have a lot of depth, and we definitely need them to be healthy."