Short takes from Edwin
No matter what time of year it is, losing eight straight is disappointing.
Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez, who is handling the rough spell with care, notes that if he had a more veteran club, he would be more vocal.
But with a young team, he is watching his tone because a number of players are still learning. Keeping his sense of humor, Rodriguez said he’s often collected himself by counting to 10 before addressing a player.
“As a manager, you have to pick your spots,” Rodriguez said on Wednesday morning. “Then again, I have to realize, I consider this whole situation like ‘growing pains.’ We have a very young team. I think they’re learning, and they’re maturing from this whole situation.
“I don’t want to give them the impression that there is panic. So if I say something, I really have to watch what I say, because if I say something, they might take it the wrong way. I want them to perform the way they should be performing, but I have to be very careful in how I say all that. And the tone.”
Some other items of note from Rodriguez’s morning session with the beat reporters:
* Chris Coghlan is expected to start back-to-back games in center field on Wednesday and Thursday.
* Mike Stanton continues to do only light jogging, and the hope is he can play the final seven-to-10 Grapefruit League games. So as of now, the team is cautiously optimistic Stanton will be ready for Opening Night.
* Javier Vazquez is throwing a bullpen session on Wednesday, and he should be ready for Saturday.
* Anibal Sanchez is throwing a bullpen session on Thursday, and he should be ready for Sunday.
* Wednesday’s game will be the first of five straight Marlins games on 790 The Ticket.
– Joe Frisaro