ATLANTA -- The last time the Marlins were in Atlanta, manager Mike Redmond was dissing the Waffle House restaurant chain. On Saturday, he was wearing a Waffle House T-shirt -- courtesy of the company's president and CEO -- to make amends for his comments.
"I figured I'd show them a little love," said Redmond, who wore the gray T-shirt in the dugout during his pre-game chat with media. "I was a little critical of them. I wanted to show them I'm giving them another chance."
A Waffle House had just opened inside Turner Field when the Marlins were in Atlanta back in early July.
"I heard about the Waffle House," Redmond said at the time. "I think that's crazy. Have you ever been to a Waffle House? Wow. I can't believe it's in the ballpark."
Redmond added that he had eaten at Waffle House "a couple of times and it didn't treat me well."
After receiving a "care package" containing a couple of T-shirts and caps from the company big-wigs, Redmond was singing a different tune on Saturday.
"We're moving on," Redmond said.
FERNANDEZ TO MAKE NEXT START SEPT. 6 IN MIAMI
As expected, the Marlins are pushing back Jose Fernandez's next start by a couple of days so that he'll make at least one more appearance in Miami, if not two.
The Marlins are expected to call up several players over the next few days and one of them -- a yet-to-be announced pitcher -- will make Wednesday's start at Wrigley Field in Chicago.
Fernandez is 12 innings shy of his 170-inning limit. Redmond said Fernandez will not be permitted to go beyond 170 innings. But he could make two more starts. If he goes six innings in his Sept. 5 outing against the Nationals at Marlins Park, he'll likely receive one last start on Sept. 11 against the Braves.
COGHLAN TO JOIN TEAM SUNDAY
Teams will be allowed to expand their rosters on Sunday, and Chris Coghlan will be the first to join the Marlins. Coghlan is on rehab assignment at Triple A New Orleans.
Redmond said two more players will join the club on Monday when it opens a series in Chicago, and "a few more" will be added later on.