"We’ve run around the bases, and in the sim games, I got a chance to run a couple of times," Marisnick told MLB.com. "That’s probably the first time I had a chance to open it up a little bit. It felt great. I just have to get the slide going. It was more of a fall than a slide."
Marisnick is fighting for playing time in a young outfield that also includes Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich and Marcell Ozuna.
"It will be good to be able to go out and run around 100 percent," he said. "Being healthy going into spring training will be awesome. I just took the offseason a little bit slower to make sure everything heals up properly."
Marisnick had a disappointing MLB debut in 2013, batting .183 with a .248 slugging percentage and .478 OPS in 40 games. While he's a strong defender, Marisnick might open the 2014 season in the minors to work on his offense. Marcell Ozuna is considered the front-runner to win the starting center-field job this spring, according to MLB.com.
"I'm just excited to go out there and play," he said. "The main thing will be my comfort level. I'm real comfortable out there. Just to be playing baseball again with the guys should be really good."
Marisnick, who is expected to need four-to-six weeks to recover from the procedure, has hit .183/.231/.248 with one home runs, five RBI and three stolen bases in 109 at-bats.
Marisnick will be replaced by Chris Coghlan in left. Coghlan will hit leadoff. He's hitting .188/.239/.248 in 101 at-bats.
Mired in a 1-for-13 slump,
"Just my swings are getting a little long at times, causing me to miss good pitchers. It’s something that I’ve got to keep working on," Marisnick said. "You see in the lower levels, guys at 2-0 will just try to get a fastball over. Here they’re trying to hit a spot or mix you up. They’re not taking a pitch off."
Marisnick said he's not panicking because he's hit a cold spell.
"Just stay level-headed and don’t get too down on yourself, don’t panic," he said. "I’ve probably still got to fine-tune on some pitches, make sure I’m getting the ball over the plate and not chasing pitches."
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