Manager Ozzie Guillen made it clear Wednesday he doesn’t want to have a repeat of the 2012 season when lingering injuries kept some of his best players off the field and hurt the team.
He wants players to stop delaying surgery, and to heal, rehab and be ready for the start of spring training. Or else, as Guillen put it, “there are going to be surprises.’’
“I’m not a doctor, but I don’t know why people have to wait so long to have surgery,’’ Guillen said when asked specifically about Logan Morrison, who said Tuesday he will have a second surgery to reconnect his torn right patella tendon (Sept. 5) and will need to rehab six months.
“It ain’t going to happen here like it’s happened in the past. ... Agents and people and doctors and different opinions make those guys go different ways. Now, it’s time for the Marlins to take it our way.’’
Last November, the Marlins let Morrison (who was shut down for the season after going on the disabled list July 29) participate in an All-Star tournament in Taiwan even though he had had a history of issues with the knee during the course of the 2011 season.
Guillen said he not only had a problem with that, but also with how the Marlins handled a lingering knee issue with right fielder Giancarlo Stanton, who missed most of spring training and almost a month of the season after arthroscopic knee surgery in July.
That’s why Guillen said he’s pushing outfielder Emilio Bonifacio, who went on the disabled list last week with a right knee sprain, to also shut it down and get healed.
“If you need to go in, clean it up, do it right now and I’ll see you in spring training,’’ Guillen said of Bonifacio. “... If I’m going to get fired, I’m going to get fired my way. I’m going to get fired because I was bad.
“… We pay them a lot money, they’ve got to respond to us — to the Marlins. ... It’s our way, not your agent’s way or your own doctor’s way. It’s the Marlins way, if you don’t like it, talk to your agent.’’
• Earlier this year Jose Reyes cut his dreadlocks for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and welcomed a child from the charity during spring training.
Before Wednesday’s game, Reyes and teammate Josh Johnson hosted another fan through the Make-A-Wish program, a 17-year-old boy from Minnesota named Blake.
Reyes said he agreed to meet Blake immediately after he heard about his request. “You know that when they’re around major league players they’re going to feel good, they’re going to feel happy, at least for the moment,” Reyes said.
Reyes said Blake gave him a red “Stay strong Blake” bracelet to wear for good luck during Wednesday’s game.
• The Marlins distributed 15,000 bobblehead dolls of Stanton to 15,000 fans Wednesday.
Guillen said that he received a lot of requests for them — mostly from women.
“They asked me if he was naked. I said, ‘No he has a uniform on,’ ’’ Guillen said before breaking out into laughter.
“But that’s awesome. A couple years in the big leagues and have a bobblehead — that’s outstanding. I know people who have bobbleheads and don’t deserve to have them.
“This kid does. Good for him.’’
• Six Marlins prospects have been chosen to participate in the Arizona Fall League. Pitchers Grant Dayton, Brian Flynn, and Scott McGough, outfielders Kyle Jensen and Christian Yelich and catcher Jacob Realmuto will all play for the Phoenix Desert Dogs.
• 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.
• Saturday: Marlins RHP Josh Johnson (7-11, 4.00) vs. Mets RHP Jeremy Hefner (2-5, 4.65), 7:10 p.m., Marlins Park.
• Scouting report: Dickey gave up one run and five hits in seven innings against the Astros last Saturday and also had an RBI single.