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Monday, March 10, 2014

Marlins' Jeff Baker departs with hip soreness

By on 3/10/2014 07:45:00 PM

According to Juan Rodriguez of the Sun Sentinel, Jeff Baker left Monday’s game with a sore hip and is considered day-to-day.

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In spring training this year with Miami, he is 5 of 15 with one double, two walks, and five runs in six games.

Baker was signed this offseason to a 2-year, $3.7 million deal to be a utility man for the Marlins who can play the infield as well as the outfield.

All signs point to Baker and Garrett Jones to platoon at first base this upcoming season.

In 2013, Baker spent the season with the Texas Rangers and batted for a slash of .279/.360/.545 with 11 home runs, 21 runs batted in while playing just 74 games.

In 617 career games, Baker has hit for a .267 average with 48 home runs and 199 runs batted in. He has played 9 major league seasons, which have been spent with the Rockies, Cubs, Tigers, Braves, Rangers, and now Marlins.

Baker, 32, spent time on the disabled list last season with a sports hernia injury and a sprained thumb before being designated for assignment by the Rangers in October.

Baker looks to get back in the lineup in the next couple of days if his injury isn’t serious and compete for the starting job at first base.

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