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Miami Marlins’ Mike Redmond concedes risks of an inexperienced lineup

 

cspencer@MiamiHerald.com

When he was hired to manage the Marlins after spending the past two seasons in the low minors, Mike Redmond probably figured his days of watching inexperienced players making a raft of mental miscues were behind him.

Not so.

On Monday, the Marlins made more gaffes than some teams make in a week.

“Part of the learning process, unfortunately, is making mistakes,” Redmond said. “The test for us is can we make mistakes and learn from them?”

In Monday’s 10-6 loss to the Rays:

• The Rays’ Kelly Johnson stole third base while the Marlins were in the process of intentionally walking a batter.

• A routine pop dropped in among three Marlins infielders for a double.

• Right fielder Marcell Ozuna overshot the cutoff man in a futile attempt to throw out a player at the plate, allowing everyone else to advance an extra base.

• Catcher Rob Brantly made the wrong decision after fielding a safety squeeze bunt, enabling a Rays runner to score.

“We’re not going to be perfect every night, especially with some of our younger guys,” Redmond said. “But we’re teaching it, or addressing it, right when it happens.”

Brantly unhappy

Brantly accepted blame for the stolen base on the intentional walk and the fielding blunder on the safety squeeze in Monday’s loss.

Though Redmond said reliever Dan Jennings failed to hold the runner at second as he was intentionally walking Evan Longoria in the sixth inning, Brantly said he should have called timeout when he saw Johnson extend his lead from the bag at second.

And on the safety squeeze, the catcher said that after fielding the bunt in front of the plate, he should have looked the runner back to third and gone to first for the easy out. Instead, he ignored the runner at third and threw to second in a failed double-play attempt in which a runner scored and everyone was safe.

“It’s embarrassing for me,” Brantly said. “I’m not happy about either of them.”

Injury updates

First baseman Logan Morrison (knee) was scheduled to make his first minor-league rehab start for Double A Jacksonville on Tuesday. He had appeared in several games with Single A Jupiter.

• First baseman Casey Kotchman (hamstring) remained on rehab assignment for Jupiter.

• Second baseman Donovan Solano (intercostal) and first baseman Joe Mahoney (hamstring) are expected to begin or continue rehab assignments later in the week at Jupiter.

• Right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (hamstring) is hitting in the cage.

Right-hander Nathan Eovaldi (shoulder inflammation) is scheduled to make his second rehab start on Thursday for Jupiter.

Coming up

•  Wednesday: Marlins RHP Tom Koehler (0-2, 3.18 ERA) vs. Tampa Bay Rays RHP Roberto Hernandez (2-5, 5.73), 7:10 p.m., Marlins Park.

•  Thursday: Marlins RHP Ricky Nolasco (3-5, 3.65) vs. Rays LHP Matt Moore (6-0, 2.21), 7:10 p.m., Marlins Park.

•  Scouting report: Though he has held opponents to three runs or fewer in all three of his starts, Koehler is still seeking his first major-league win. Hernandez faced the Marlins once previously, in the 2007 season.

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