Marlins catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia still isn’t feeling right after being struck by a foul tip in Saturday’s loss to the Braves, and it is looking more and more likely he’s going to spend more than a week on the disabled list.
Manager Mike Redmond said Saltalamacchia was still dealing with post-concussion symptoms Tuesday, and the catcher can’t resume baseball activities until he is symptom-free for three to four days. Saltalamacchia has been on the seven-day concussion DL since Sunday.
“It could go to the 15-day disabled list, but I don’t know for sure,” Redmond said.
“He needs to make sure he’s symptom free. When I say that, I mean headache-free, dizzy-free. ... As of right now, he’s still resting.”
The Marlins called up J.T. Realmuto from Double A Jacksonville on Sunday. Redmond said Realmuto could get a start Thursday in Tampa.
Redmond he isn’t sure how quickly the Marlins will be able to insert Kevin Gregg into the bullpen, but the club’s former closer, officially signed to a minor-league deal on Tuesday, has told the team he does not think it will take long for him to get ready.
Redmond said Gregg was expected to throw a bullpen session in Jupiter on Tuesday, and that he would likely begin to “pitch competitively in a couple days.”
Getting the ball to closer Steve Cishek with a lead has been a struggle this season for the Marlins. Gregg’s signing is intended to help address that. Redmond said Gregg, who saved 33 games for the Cubs last year, also could end up closing games on the nights Cishek needs a break.
“He’s been around, closed, been in different roles, just a good veteran presence that could definitely get us some outs in the bullpen,” said catcher Jeff Mathis, who was a teammate of Gregg’s with the Angels in 2005 and 2006.
“If I remember correctly, he throws three, four pitches. I remember him having really good command of three of them.’’
STANTON MOVES UP
Giancarlo Stanton is receiving more support in his bid to start in next month’s All-Star Game.
In the second round of voting results released Tuesday, Stanton moved up from fourth to third in the National League outfield voting, putting him in position to start alongside the Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig and Colorado’s Charlie Blackmon when the game is played in Minneapolis.
Stanton’s 863,307 votes rank sixth overall in the NL behind Troy Tulowitzki (1,419,718), Yadier Molina (1,210,579), Chase Utley (974,196), Puig (935,276) and Blackmon (883,186). Entering Tuesday, Stanton led the NL in homers (16) and RBI (51). No other Marlin ranks among the leaders at their positions.
• Wednesday: Marlins RHP Tom Koehler (4-5, 3.18 ERA) vs. Tampa Bay Rays LHP David Price (4-4, 4.27), 7:10 p.m., Tropicana Field.
• Thursday: Marlins RHP Jacob Turner (1-3, 5.59) vs. Rays RHP Jake Odorizzi (2-5, 5.13), 4:10 p.m., Tropicana Field.