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Posted: Friday, February 22, 2013 3:00 pm

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) - Miami Marlins manager Mike Redmond doesn't know how long outfielder Justin Ruggiano will be sidelined with a lower back strain.

Ruggiano underwent an MRI after experiencing tightness in his back while fielding a ground ball on Thursday.

Redmond said Friday that Ruggiano is "getting treatments, and we'll just have to (say) day-to-day. We'll just have to see how that progresses."

The 30-year-old Ruggiano batted .313 with 13 homers and 36 RBI in 91 games with the Marlins last season. He's the projected front-runner in the starting center fielder competition.

Redmond says Gorkys Hernandez would start in center for Miami's Grapefruit League opener against the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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