4/1/2014 7:00 P.M. ET
Marlins want to raise level of expectations
By Joe Frisaro / MLB.com
MIAMI -- Early signs of the expected "Marlins Way" is coming into focus.
The club is instituting a team mentality and taking the necessary steps to reach a championship level.
Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill made it clear from the outset the expectation is to win.
"That's our goal," Hill said. "I actually like it when people don't pick us. I like flying under the radar. I know the 25 guys in that clubhouse believe in one another. I believe in the talent in that clubhouse. Anything can happen when you have good pitching and timely hitting. That's our expectations."
When you endure three straight last-place finishes and are coming off a 100-loss campaign, the subject of winning doesn't always carry much weight.
"We say winning, but it's still playing the game the right way," Hill said. "It's playing championship-style baseball. More so than saying winning, it's how do you win? And the components that go into winning.
"It's not so much speaking about winning. It's just about raising the level of expectation of what is acceptable to be a big leaguer and to win championships."
Tough opener doesn't dampen Jones' optimism
MIAMI -- Bottom-line results don't always tell the full story.
Garrett Jones, for instance, went hitless in four at-bats with three strikeouts and a walk in the Marlins' 10-1 win over the Rockies on Opening Day at Marlins Park.
The left-handed-hitting first baseman, who was used mostly in platoon situations in previous seasons with the Pirates, is getting a chance to face southpaw starters. He got his first taste on Monday against Jorge De La Rosa.
Jones struck out twice and walked against the Rockies' starter, and he was hitless in two at-bats against right-handed pitchers to finish up the game.
"I felt good [Monday], despite the results," Jones said. "I saw the ball well, but it's a rough game in the books. But as the year goes on, I will feel more comfortable and I'll make my adjustments. It's going to keep getting better."
Marlins manager Mike Redmond plans on batting Jones cleanup against right-handers, but the slugger has slid to fifth against lefties. Casey McGehee batted fourth in the first two games.
Jones has a track record of being a 20-plus home run hitter, and the Marlins feel he can best reach those numbers by getting as many at-bats as possible. Staying in the lineup as much as possible should obviously benefit.
"When you see a tough lefty and you see a righty, it helps you see the ball better," Jones said. "Obviously, the season is going, so you have to produce. But the more at-bats I get, the better I'm going to get. It's just seeing the ball, seeing release points, it's only going to get better as the season goes on."
Tack on another week as Lucas to have surgery
MIAMI -- Marlins infielder Ed Lucas will undergo surgery to his left hand on Wednesday, and the procedure likely will push his recovery time back another week.
The procedure will be to insert a pin in Lucas' third metacarpal.
"They are putting a pin in to make sure it heals straight," Lucas said.
Instead of missing four to six weeks as initially projected, the 31-year-old says to tack on another week. So the new timeline is roughly five to seven weeks.
Lucas suffered a non-displaced fracture to the back of his left hand on Thursday in a Spring Training game against the Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Fla.
The break occurred literally hours after Lucas was told he had made the team as the primary utility player. Donovan Solano was recalled from Triple-A New Orleans, replacing Lucas in the role.
Lucas and second baseman Rafael Furcal (left hamstring) are the two Marlins to start off the season on the 15-day disabled list. Both were at Marlins Park on Tuesday, getting in some conditioning.
Furcal took ground balls at second base and did some hitting. The team still is being cautious, and he isn't expected to be back until at least the middle of April.
Lucas was running the ballpark steps and doing his conditioning.
• The fact the Rockies started left-handed pitchers the first two games actually wasn't a bad thing for Derek Dietrich. The left-handed-hitting Dietrich was out of the lineup again on Tuesday, as Jeff Baker got the starting nod at second base.
The couple of days allows the fracture at the top of Dietrich's nose to heal. Dietrich broke his nose on March 20, and he had been wearing a protective mask in the field. The mask is no longer required.