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Miami opens on Monday against Washington at Nationals Park, with Edinson Volquez matched against Stephen Strasburg.

A newcomer to Miami’s roster is infielder Tyler Moore, a non-roster invitee who had his contract selected on Sunday. Moore, who missed all of 2016 due to a left knee injury, is a right-handed-hitting option at first base to lefty-hitting Justin Bour.

As expected, three players were placed on the 10-day disabled list — third baseman Martin Prado (right hamstring strain), left-hander Jeff Locke (left shoulder tendinitis) and right-hander Odrisamer Despaigne (left oblique strain). All three have their dates set retroactively to March 30. The best-case scenario for Prado to be back is mid-April. Locke is expected to miss all of April, and when Despaigne is ready, he will be joining the rotation at Triple-A New Orleans.

“I feel good about this team, as far as the attitude, the work process,” manager Don Mattingly said.

Volquez ready for Opening Day

The Marlins’ rotation has been set with Volquez making his fifth career Opening Day start and his first with the Marlins. Off on Tuesday, the second and third games at Washington will be on Wednesday and Thursday, with Dan Straily and Tom Koehler starting, respectively.

On Friday, the Marlins begin a three-game set against the Mets at Citi Field. Wei-Yin Chen will open that series, and Adam Conley and Volquez will close it out. Straily is lined up for Miami’s home opener against the Braves on April 11.

A strength of the club is its bullpen, which will bring back All-Star closer A.J. Ramos. Brad Ziegler, Kyle Barraclough, David Phelps, Junichi Tazawa, Dustin McGowan, Jose Urena and Nick Wittgren round out one of the deepest ‘pens the organization has ever had. Urena, McGowan and Wittgren are each multi-inning candidates. Ziegler and Phelps are options to close if Ramos is not available.

The Marlins are carrying two catchers, J.T. Realmuto and A.J. Ellis. The starting infield features Bour (first base), Dee Gordon (second), Derek Dietrich (third) and Adeiny Hechavarria (shortstop). Miguel Rojas and Moore are infielders who will come off the bench.

The outfield is another strength, with Marcell Ozuna in left field, Christian Yelich in center and Giancarlo Stanton in right. Ichiro Suzuki, at age 43, enters his third season as the Marlins’ fourth outfielder.

The projected batting order for Monday is Gordon, Realmuto, Yelich, Stanton, Bour, Ozuna, Dietrich, Hechavarria and Volquez.

“We feel like this group is a special group and has a chance to do some special things,” Mattingly said.

Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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