• Closer Cishek threw off the mound for eight minutes on Friday and is easing back into full workouts. For the past few days, Cishek has been dealing with a stiff neck, which caused him to miss two bullpen sessions. He had hoped to play catch on Thursday, but the session was pushed back a day.
• Infielder Juan Diaz officially joined the team on Friday, one day after the first full-squad workout, after being delayed by a visa issue. Two relievers -- Henry Rodriguez and Jesus Sanchez -- have yet to report due to their own visa holdups, and there is no definitive time set for their arrival.
• The Marlins open their exhibition schedule against the University of Miami on Wednesday. The starting pitcher is expected to be named perhaps as early as Saturday.
• With 36 pitchers on the roster, the Marlins are looking to get enough innings for all, so they have arranged a "B" game against the Mets on March 10. They hope to play another such game in March.
Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter