The newest controversy to attach itself to the Marlins doesn’t appear to have much of a shelf life. Video captured from Monday’s Philadelphia broadcast briefly showed Marlins starter Alex Sanabia spitting on a new baseball tossed to him moments after Domonic Brown deposited the previous one in the sparsely filled right-field seats.
According to manager Mike Redmond, first-base umpire Joe West saw Sanabia spit on the ball and ordered it tossed out before it was put in play. A source told The Miami Herald, however, that it was later in the game that West ordered a ball thrown out.
Sanabia was seen vigorously rubbing down the ball as Brown rounded the bases, with one teammate joking “it was bone dry” afterward anyway.
West apparently didn’t say anything to Sanabia or Redmond, with the Miami manager saying he didn’t know anything was up until he saw the video later on.
“At the time it didn’t make sense, but now it kind of does,” Redmond said. “Joe made him throw that ball out. I was wondering why. He must have seen him.”
Redmond added that he had not heard from the league, and it’s doubtful Sanabia — who snapped a five-game losing streak by going 6 1/3 innings in Monday’s 5-1 win — would face discipline for violating rule 8.02 which prohibits spitting on a ball, glove or either hand.
Sanabia declined to speak after various requests from the media.
“I watch those guys like a hawk out there, and I never saw it,” Redmond said.
Redmond didn’t plan on using Steve Cishek on Monday if it had been a save situation, saying Chad Qualls was going in regardless of the situation.
Redmond said after Monday’s game that the closer role would be shared, for now, with Mike Dunn joining Cishek and Qualls. Dunn relieved Cishek on Sunday against Arizona.
“We’re going to use everybody,” Redmond said. “We’re going to use Cishek. He’s still going to close games. Quallsy might close some games. Dunn might close some games. They’re all going to contribute.”
Redmond said Giancarlo Stanton (hamstring) would take live batting practice Wednesday and begin “functional running.”
Stanton has been taking batting practice in the cage. “He’s cleared to hit,” Redmond said.
• Miami’s Logan Morrison made his first start of his rehabilitation from knee surgery Monday when he went 2 for 5 for Single A Jupiter.
Redmond said Morrison would be the designated hitter for the Hammerheads on Tuesday before playing first base on Wednesday. Morrison is expected to be back in the coming weeks.
• Wednesday: Marlins RHP Kevin Slowey (1-4, 3.44 ERA) vs. Philadelphia Phillies LHP Cliff Lee (4-2, 2.83), 7:10 p.m., Marlins Park.
• Thursday: Off.
• Scouting report: The Marlins close out this nine-game homestand as Slowey is scheduled to make his 100th career major-league start. Slowey got his first win in nearly three years when he beat the Phillies on May 5 by pitching seven shutout innings.
Miami Herald sportswriter Clark Spencer contributed to this report.