JUPITER -- The past few outings for several members of the Marlins’ projected rotation haven’t gone well. But manager Mike Redmond said there is no cause for alarm, at least not yet.
“I know when the lights go on and the adrenalin kicks in, these guys will be ready to go,” Redmond said. “I know when the bell rings, we’ll be ready to roll.”
But recent outings by Jarred Cosart, Tom Koehler and likely Opening Day starter Henderson Alvarez haven’t been pretty. Cosart’s last two starts have been especially poor.
“I don’t get excited about spring training outings,” Redmond said. “I try not to get caught up in the results. I think when they go out there for the last start (of spring training), you’ll see a different mentality.”
For now, Redmond said there are no plans to make changes to the projected rotation of Alvarez, Mat Latos, Dan Haren, Koehler and Cosart even though the Marlins have a couple of back-up options in David Phelps and Brad Hand.
“I would say that we’re probably set with those five guys,” Redmond said. “But I would never say 100 percent that we’re set, because you never know what could happen. That will be something that we’ll all talk about in the next few days.”
-- Christian Yelich (finger blister) is not in the lineup this afternoon. Redmond said it’s not a serious matter, though, and he expects Yelich to be back in the lineup on Tuesday.