Redmond, himself a rookie manager in the big leagues, spent his All-Star break with former Marlins teammate Mike Lowell — and their families — over in the Bimini Islands of the Bahamas. Redmond said they went fishing with their kids and even did a little knee boarding.
“The seas were a little bit dicey, but it was a good adventure,” Redmond said of the families’ 70-mile journey east to the tiny island. “We had a nice time, got a chance to recharge and look forward to what’s going to happen this second half.”
Although the Marlins (35-58) will open the second half of the season facing three teams with losing records (Brewers, Rockies and Mets), they close out the season facing teams with winning records in 12 of their last 17 series who are all either leading their divisions or in the wild card hunt.
Even though Redmond has quite a few players who have never played into September, the skipper believes there are plenty of reasons his team won’t get worn out by the dog days of summer.
“We’ve got too much to play for,” Redmond said. “Guys are playing for lots of different things. They’re playing for contracts, survival in the big leagues. Everybody’s got something to play for. … I still feel like we can prove to this league we still have a lot of fight left in us and can make an impact.”
• Third baseman Colin Moran, the Marlins’ 2013 first-round pick, homered in his first professional at-bat Wednesday in Greensboro. “My batting practice [session with him last week] must have gotten him locked in,” Redmond joked.
• With two-time Futures Game participant Christian Yelich healthy and raring for a big-league call-up it might not be very long before long the Marlins call on their 2010 first-round pick to join the outfield. “That’s probably a discussion that is going to happen — maybe on this road trip,” Redmond said.
• Redmond said Chris Coghlan, who has resumed baseball activities after seeing a spine specialist, probably won’t end up working at third base during his rehab stint since the Marlins have Ed Lucas and Donovan Solano healthy and available. Utility infielder Chris Valaika, who broke his wrist in early May, has been promoted to Triple A New Orleans after playing in 11 games in Jupiter.
• Friday: Marlins RHP Jacob Turner (3-1, 2.33) at Brewers RHP Kyle Lohse (5-7, 3.67), 8:10 p.m.
• Saturday: Marlins RHP Nathan Eovaldi (2-0, 2.93) at Brewers RHP Yovani Gallardo (7-8, 4.83), 7:10 p.m.
• Scouting report: The Brewers took two of three from the Marlins at Marlins Park last month. Lohse didn’t face the Marlins then, but went 3-0 with a 2.08 ERA against them last year. Turner didn’t pick up the win, but went seven innings, giving up just three earned runs against Milwaukee this year.