JUPITER -- Jarred Cosart and the Marlins aren't saying much regarding baseball's probe into the gambling allegations the 24-year-old right-hander was roped into late Tuesday night.
But here's what they did say Thursday: Cosart won't make his next scheduled start Friday because of a blister on his middle finger, not the investigation. And as for all that gambling stuff on Twitter, MLB is handling it and Cosart is cooperating.
"Obviously I was caught off guard by the whole situation and all I'm really saying to everyone is I'm following MLB protocol and talking with MLB security and they're taking care of the rest," Cosart said in a very brief meeting with reporters shortly before joining his teammates for pre-game stretch on the backfields at Roger Dean Stadium.
"So that's where I stand right now and that's it," he said.
Acquired by the Marlins at the trade deadline last July, Cosart deleted his official Twitter account late Tuesday night after screenshots of purported direct messages from himself to a gambling expert were leaked by a third party using the same social media outlet.
MLB spokesman Pat Courtney confirmed Wednesday morning the commissioner’s office was investigating the matter.
It’s unclear whether the allegations involving Cosart revolve around baseball or sports-betting on another sport.
Players are allowed to legally gamble on sports other than baseball. But if it is proven that he was betting on baseball, there are stiff penalties. If he bet on a baseball game he wasn't involved in its an automatic one-year suspension. If he bet on a game he was involved in he's banned for life.
Cosart’s trouble began late Tuesday night when a purported gambling expert on Twitter who goes by the handle @GhostFadeKillah tweeted out screenshots of direct messages between Cosart and a friend.
During the alleged conversation, Cosart says: “I bet LARGE. Shhhh lol lookin for some help anywhere I can … Saw a retweet on your under play and hammered it.”
Two other Twitter accounts have since surfaced claiming to be Cosart, but he said Thursday morning neither account belong to him.
"Anything that happened after [the official account] is not me," Cosart said. "My other one's completely deleted and being looked at by MLB and all the new ones -- that's not me."
As for the blister, manager Mike Redmond said Cosart developed it on his middle finger after his last start on Sunday.
"He’s going to play catch today to see how it felt and then we’ll re-evaluate to see where he’s at as far as his next start," Redmond said. "Brad Hand will make [Friday's start in Kissimmee versus Houston]. we’ll reevaluate how Cosart feels and go from there."
Redmond said he's spoken with Cosart regarding the allegations and added "it’s better to let these things play out and find out more information and when we do that we’ll have a comment."
Asked if he's seen a change in the pitcher, who has struggled this spring (0-2, 8.49 ERA), Redmond said: "No. He's fine."
Mike Hill, President of Baseball Operations, said baseball has given the Marlins no timeline as far as when they think the probe will end.
How did the Marlins become aware of the situation involving Cosart?
"We all saw the article on-line," Hill said.