Christian Yelich is dealing with a recurring back injury that he said is more pronounced than one that caused him to miss two games last week.
Yelich sat out his second consecutive game on Wednesday and said it could be several days before he is able to play.
It’s also possible the Marlins could place Yelich on the 15-day disabled list.
“I really don’t know why it keeps happening,” Yelich said.
“It’s twice now in the last week. It’s really weird, really frustrating.”
A similar back injury landed Yelich on the disabled list last season, too.
“It’s one of those things that kind of just keeps coming up,” said Yelich, adding that he had never experienced back problems until last season. “I really don’t know why. Nobody knows.”
Yelich looked terrible at the plate over the weekend in New York, striking out seven times in two games. He has gotten off to a slow start, hitting just .200.
Yelich said he was taking batting practice Tuesday when it “kind of just grabbed me,” and he was scratched from the lineup.
“It’s pretty locked up,” he said.
ON THIN ICE
If Mike Redmond is fired anytime soon, it won’t be the earliest managerial dismissal on record.
Not even close.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the record for the quickest firings since 1900 is shared by Cal Ripken Sr. of the 1988 Orioles and Phil Garner of the 2002 Tigers, each of whom was fired after 0-6 starts.
George Steinbrenner was also known for a quick trigger.
The former Yankees boss canned Bob Lemon 14 games into the 1982 season and fired Yogi Berra 16 games into the 1985 season.
Steve Cishek has become a forgotten man on the Marlins.
The closer has made only three relief appearances and has yet to record a save. The Marlins are the only team in the majors without a save.
Going into Wednesday night’s game, Cishek hadn’t pitched in seven days.
“There’s nothing I can do,” he said. “When you’re not throwing, it can be tough at times. I really try not to think about it. I just try to get as much work in as I can.”
Cishek said he has tried to stay sharp by throwing in the bullpen.
“But it’s not the same thing,” he said. “When the adrenalin kicks in, it’s a lot different.”
▪ Starting pitcher Henderson Alvarez, on the 15-day DL with right shoulder inflammation, played catch for the first time on Monday.
“He said he was feeling better,” Redmond said. “We’ll know more when we get home and have a chance to watch him play catch and see how far along he is. He’s still a ways off from throwing a bullpen [session] probably.”
▪ Thursday: Marlins RHP David Phelps (0-0, 7.94 ERA) at Philadelphia Phillies RHP Sean O’Sullivan (0-1, 4.91), 1:05 p.m., Citizens Bank Park.
▪ Friday: Marlins RHP Mat Latos (0-3, 10.24) vs. Washington Nationals RHP Stephen Strasburg (1-1, 4.50), 7:10 p.m., Marlins Park.