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Marlins Morning News: Spring Training begins with José in mind

A new season is upon us, but the Marlins continue to remember their late ace in what will likely be an emotional year. Plus links on Edinson Volquez and David Phelps.

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Marlins News

With the number 16 tribute patch that will be worn throughout the season already on Marlins jerseys as Spring Training kicks into gear, it is clear that the late José Fernández is still a big part of this club. An enduring theme this season will be to “play like José.”

Edinson Volquez is 18 months removed from winning a World Series, and that fact may give him an inside track on earning the nod to start on Opening Day.

Arbitrators ruled in favor of David Phelps’ salary request last week, and now that financial matters have been sorted, the versatile right-hander is keen to get 2017 underway.

Marlins players to watch out for this Spring season, the upcoming World Baseball Classic and Jeffrey Loria’s tenure as team owner are all discussed here.

Beards (of the well-maintained variety) will be allowed to make a comeback in Miami’s clubhouse this season as the facial hair policy has been revised.

Around the League

Barring an injury, Clayton Kershaw is a lock to start on Opening Day, but who will the other 29 clubs send to the hill for their first game of the season?

Top prospect Alex Reyes of the Cardinals has undergone an MRI after feeling increased discomfort in his pitching elbow. He has been playing with a weakened ligament since an elbow strain in 2013.

While Spring Training has officially started, some notable players are still looking for a home.

Orioles ace Chris Tillman may be forced to start the 2017 season on the disabled list due to a plasma injection he had in his pitching shoulder in December not working as quickly as anticipated.

Former Marlins pitcher Brian Flynn will be out through injury for up to eight weeks after falling through the roof of his barn and breaking a rib as well as fracturing three vertebrae.

Matt Harvey has opened up to reporters about the injury problems and surgery which defined his 2016 season.