With September right around the corner, one might imagine the Marlins are ready to bring up their entire farm system to get a good look at as many players as possible who might help them in the future.
Not so, according manager Ozzie Guillen.
“They’re all already here,” Guillen said. “They kind of mentioned a couple players. But I don’t expect more than two or three.”
Guillen said he didn’t know the names of the players the Marlins will bring up.
As for Jacob Turner, the 21-year old right-hander who will make his second Marlins start and Marlins Park debut Wednesday, Guillen wants to see him continue to throw strikes.
“He just needs to do what he did in Arizona,” Guillen said. “Obviously, I’m not expecting that all the time. But stay around there, be consistent and then I don’t need to see anything else. We will see if this guy needs more time. But I think the way this guy pitched in Arizona, it was a big step for him.”
Staying out of it
The hot topic in baseball for the past few weeks is how the first-place Nationals plan on shutting down ace Stephen Strasburg early, a year after he underwent Tommy John surgery. The normally outspoken Guillen stayed away from controversy Tuesday by saying what the Nationals are doing is “nobody’s business.’’
Guillen said that while Strasburg is Washington’s best pitcher, the Nationals can still win the National League. “They’re good enough to compete without that kid,” Guillen said. “You only need three [starters], and I think they could match up against anybody in the National League.”
The Marlins will give the first 15,000 fans attending Wednesday night’s game against the Nationals a Giancarlo Stanton bobblehead presented by Leon Medical Centers.
As the NL Player of the Week spoke to reporters Tuesday, teammate Carlos Lee, who is seated in the locker next to the young slugger, had a little fun by poking him in the face with a microphone.
Stanton laughed it off, but then sent the first baseman a little jab back by telling the media: “Carlos? I’ve got to protect him every night. He doesn’t know how to protect himself. I’ve got to walk him home and everything.’’
Lee, known as El Caballo (the horse), said that next to Stanton he’s simply El Caballito (the pony).
• Logan Morrison told The Miami Herald on Tuesday a second surgery to stitch his right patella tendon together will take place Sept. 5. He said rehab is expected to take six months — leading his return right up to the beginning of spring training. It’s the same surgery he had in December but never fully recovered from.
• Wednesday: Marlins RHP Jacob Turner (1-2, 6.87 ERA) vs. Washington Nationals LHP Ross Detwiler (7-6, 3.25), 7:10 p.m., Marlins Park.
• Thursday: No game.
• Friday: Marlins RHP Nathan Eovaldi (4-9, 4.54 ERA) vs. New York Mets RHP R.A. Dickey (16-4, 2.76), 7:10 p.m., Marlins Park.
• Scouting report: Detwiler is 1-0 and has yet to give up an earned run in 12 innings against the Marlins in his career.