Marlins expected to use regular lineup over next few days

Redmond wants starters to get used to playing together

Marlins expected to use regular lineup over next few days

JUPITER, Fla. -- The Marlins are planning on going with most of their regular lineup over the next few days. However, several of the primary relievers will be throwing in Minor League games on Monday.

With the Mets at Roger Dean Stadium on Monday, Miami plans to avoid using its main bullpen arms against a division rival. From an evaluation standpoint, a number of relievers competing for roster spots will be used in Grapefruit League games.

"We'll probably run our regular lineup out there the next couple of days," manager Mike Redmond said. "Let them get used to playing together."

Jarrod Saltalamacchia is scheduled to catch in back-to-back games on the main field. Jeff Mathis will catch in a Minor League game on Monday.

The relievers set to throw in Minor League games are Steve Cishek, Mike Dunn, A.J. Ramos and Bryan Morris.

Before Opening Day, all the primary relievers will pitch either multiple innings and/or on consecutive days.

"Those guys will be as stretched out," Redmond said.

* Christian Yelich's seven-year contract extension was announced on Sunday. The annual breakdown of the $49.570 million contract is, $570,000 (2015), $1 million ('16), $3.5 million ('17), $7 million ('18), $9.75 million ('19), $12.5 million ('20), $14 million ('21). The contract includes a $15 million club option for 2022, and a $1.25 million buyout.

* Henderson Alvarez's left knee is fine. There was a little concern on Saturday when the right-hander limped into the dugout in the first inning after he made a nice diving play to rob Washington's Ryan Zimmerman of a hit. After throwing to first for the out, Alvarez got up, took a few steps and then favored his knee, which was iced afterwards.

Alvarez remained in the game, and threw five innings total.

The animated Alvarez has the knack of making everything appear dramatic, and on a number of occasions last season it seemed he was hurt, only to have him return and pitch at a high level.

"Like they say, 'this is 'The Entertainer,' right?'" Redmond said. "It seems like something comes up every time he's out there."

* Mat Latos, scheduled to start on Monday against the Mets, goes through his own warm-up routine as he returns from a left knee injury, which plagued him last season in Cincinnati.

Latos, for instance, stretches inside before the rest of the team takes the field.

"He does most of his conditioning with the bike," Redmond said. "He's fine. He's got kind of a modified routine."

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.