• Henry Rodriguez's visa issue has been resolved, and the hard-throwing reliever has been cleared to leave Venezuela to travel to South Florida for Spring Training. A non-roster invitee, Rodriguez is scheduled to report on Saturday night. He still must take his physical. If all goes according to plans, he could be on the field Sunday.
• Henderson Alvarez, dealing with a right shin infection, played catch on Friday and is moving around much better. Two days ago, he had trouble walking. So the Marlins are encouraged that the right-hander will be back on the mound in a few days. Alvarez projects as the No. 3 starter.
• Friday's game was televised by the Cardinals crew, which gave the Marlins a trial run with potential instant replay scenarios. Miami will use every spring game that is on TV as a replay test. Video coordinator Cullen McRae will be watching the TV feed in the clubhouse. He will be in communication with the dugout on what could be borderline plays. In two Grapefruit League games on March 13 and 16, replay will be available for challenges.
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