Jeffrey Loria met privately with Mike Redmond on Tuesday, after which he neither endorsed the manager nor indicated that his job is in jeopardy.
Instead, when asked to address speculation concerning Redmond, the Marlins’ owner responded: “I’ve got one thing to say. I’m not interested in palace intrigue. We’ve got to win games.”
The Miami Herald, citing sources, reported Monday that Loria is upset with the team’s poor start, and Redmond is on the hot seat, fueling speculation that if the team doesn’t win — and win soon — he could be out of a job.
Loria did not shoot down the report when speaking with reporters.
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Redmond was no more illuminating when he was asked about his status.
“First of all, nobody is more disappointed in the way that we’ve started that I am,” Redmond said before the Marlins opened a three-game series against the Phillies. “We were expecting to get off to a hot start. It hasn’t happened.”
The Marlins (3-10) entered the day with the second-worst record in the majors.
Asked specifically about the Herald’s report, Redmond replied: “I can’t control stuff that people write. All I can do is come out and be consistent. I think I’ve showed that the last couple years. I think the guys know where I am or where I’m coming from. We’ve got to win some ballgames.”
When asked whether his closed-door meeting with Loria and general manager Dan Jennings helped put his mind at ease, Redmond responded: “These guys are here almost every series. My focus is on what I can control, and that’s trying to prepare the ballclub to win a ballgame. I can’t control anything else. That’s all I’m focused on.”
Slumping outfielder Christian Yelich was scratched from Tuesday’s lineup with what the team reported as lower-back tightness, the same injury that caused him to miss two games last week.
Yelich is hitting just .200 and struck out a total of seven times in games Saturday and Sunday. Redmond dropped him to the fifth spot in the lineup Tuesday before scratching him after batting practice.
Martin Prado was elevated to Yelich’s No. 2 spot in the order. Ichiro Suzuki replaced Yelich in left field.
MASSET CALLED UP
The Marlins called up right-handed reliever Nick Masset from Triple A New Orleans to help bolster the bullpen. Right-hander Jose Urena was optioned back to New Orleans.
In order to make room for Masset on 40-man roster, pitcher Matt Tracy was designated for assignment.
▪ Wednesday: Marlins RHP Jarred Cosart (0-1, 4.76) at Philadelphia Phillies LHP Cole Hamels (0-2, 5.00), 7:05 p.m., Citizens Bank Park.
▪ Thursday: Marlins RHP David Phelps (0-0, 7.94) at Philadelphia Phillies RHP Sean O’Sullivan (0-1, 4.91), 1:05 p.m., Citizens Bank Park.