Flynn to start on Tuesday at Fort Myers
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — The Marlins have set their travel roster for Tuesday against the Red Sox at Fort Myers.
Brian Flynn will make the start rather than Miami going back to pitching Nathan Eovaldi in back-to-back starts against the Red Sox.
Eovaldi faced Boston last Thursday at Roger Dean Stadium. An issue was made over that game because the Red Sox travel squad had just two position players with previous big league experience.
MLB guidelines call for each team to bring at least four players who are either regulars, platoon players or started the previous season.
Rob Brantly will catch Flynn.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who played for the Red Sox last year, is not making the trip. Either is Giancarlo Stanton.
Making the trip are Jeff Baker, Christian Yelich, Marcell Ozuna, Casey McGehee, Donovan Solano and Brian Bogusevic.
Miami manager Mike Redmond supports MLB’s guidelines.
This is a busy travel week for the Marlins. They play on Monday against the Mets at Port St. Lucie, Tuesday at Fort Myers and Thursday at Lakeland against the Tigers.
On Saturday and Sunday, the team travels to Panama to face the Yankees in two exhibition games. There also are split squad games those days in Florida.
“All I can focus on is what we do,” Redmond said. “It’s for the fans. You try to give them a look at the players who are going to play down in Miami. That’s why you bring guys.
“If there weren’t those rules then nobody would bring anybody on a three-hour bus ride. Nobody wants to take a three-hour bus ride in Spring Training. But that’s the way it goes. It’s always been like that. I control what I can control, and that’s the guys that I bring. It’s actually worked out great for us. The guys who aren’t going to Panama, I’ve already told them they’re going to take a couple of those longer road trips because they aren’t going to Panama. They don’t have a problem with that, and it works fine for us.”
On Tuesday, Eovaldi will throw a simulated game at 11:30 a.m. ET Jeff Mathis will catch him.
– Joe Frisaro