The Marlins still haven’t decided who will be coming out of their rotation when Henderson Alvarez comes off the disabled list, but they should have a better idea after Jarred Cosart puts his sore right hamstring to the test in a bullpen session Saturday morning.
“The best-case scenario is bullpen [Saturday] and [start as scheduled on Tuesday],” Cosart said. “I don’t want to go into worst-case scenario. So we’ll just wait and see what happens.”
Cosart (1-3, 4.08 ERA) wasn’t one of the guys the Marlins were considering yanking back to the bullpen. Friday’s starting pitcher, David Phelps (2-0, 2.90), and Sunday’s scheduled starter, Tom Koehler (2-3, 4.62), were the two likely candidates.
But if Cosart can’t generate the push he needs off the mound or doesn’t feel right, the Marlins could opt to put him on the disabled list or simply skip his next start and shuffle the decks. Alvarez, who pitched six scoreless innings in his first minor-league rehab start in Jupiter on Tuesday, said Friday he had no idea yet if he was heading back to the minors for one more rehab start or pitching for the Marlins on five days’ rest Sunday.
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Manager Mike Redmond said the team was going to wait to see what happened with Cosart on Saturday before deciding what to do with Alvarez. But Redmond said the Marlins are anticipating Cosart will be able to make his next start.
“I’m going to have to let it go pretty good,” Cosart said of how hard he will test the hamstring on Saturday. “I can’t be babying it and have something come up in the second, third inning, especially with the situation we’re in now with [Alvarez] coming back.
“At least it’s still May — if I have to miss a start. Like I said, best case is I make my start Tuesday.”
CISHEK GOES TO WORK
Being back home and hearing his 7-month-old daughter laugh provided Steve Cishek with some much-needed relief Thursday after a rough road trip.
“It kind of makes you forget about stuff,” said Cishek, who blew back-to-back saves against the Giants and Dodgers last Sunday and Monday and lost his job as the Marlins’ closer.
“It’s nice to come back to my baby and my wife and my dog, just to kind of relax.”
The truth is Cishek hasn’t been taking it easy. He has been breaking down film constantly, and on Thursday, the Marlins’ lone off day in a three-week span, Cishek drove to the team’s spring training facility in Jupiter to work an extra 45 minutes with bullpen coach Reid Cornelius. The goal: to get Cishek’s arm slot higher so he has better command with his fastball and makes fewer mistakes with his off-speed pitches against left-handers.
Cishek also said he is going to stop looking at the radar gun and trying to overthrow.
“For me, I just need to get a position where I’m throwing that fastball where I want to, like I had in the past,” Cishek said. “Ever since I’ve been up here I’ve been 90 to 93 [miles per hour], and I’m throwing 88.
“I tend to start overthrowing stuff to get my velocity up. Why I do that? I don’t know. I think it’s just a pride thing I’m battling with. When you start doing stuff like that you get into bad habits, and that’s exactly what’s going on right now.
“At this point, if I was a person that worried about stats then I’d be freaking out. But, really, I couldn’t care less. I just want to go out there and help the team win in any capacity.”
▪ Saturday: Marlins RHP Mat Latos (1-3, 4.72 ERA) vs. Atlanta Braves LHP Alex Wood (1-2, 4.28), 1:05 p.m., Marlins Park.
▪ Sunday: Marlins RHP Tom Koehler (2-3, 4.62) vs. Braves RHP Shelby Miller (4-1, 1.60), 1:10 p.m., Marlins Park.