Redmond not worried about Cosart's blister

Manager may slot righty into back of rotation, depending on how his hand heals

Redmond not worried about Cosart's blister

VIERA, Fla. -- Marlins manager Mike Redmond is not concerned that a blister will prevent right-hander Jarred Cosart from being ready for the start of the season.

Cosart, who missed his last start because of a blister on his right middle finger, threw a bullpen session Sunday morning at the team's complex in Jupiter, Fla. Redmond said after the Marlins' 11-7 loss to the Nationals that the righty came through the session without any setbacks, and he would likely make his next start on Wednesday.

Redmond was so confident that Cosart would be ready for the season that he did not feel the need to discuss backup plans -- "I think it's too early to start talking about other options."

It is possible, Redmond said, that the blister is part of the reason Cosart struggled in his first four outings of the spring. He has surrendered 11 runs on 18 hits in 11 2/3 innings with eight walks and seven strikeouts.

"You always look toward that," Redmond said of the blister. "Something like that you think is just a little thing, but really for these guys, it's a big deal. Those blisters can be huge setbacks for a lot of guys."

Prior to Sunday's game against the Nationals, Redmond announced that Henderson Alvarez would be the team's Opening Day starter. Redmond did not reveal the rest of the rotation, in part because of the uncertainty surrounding Cosart. It is possible that Cosart will start begin the season in the back half of the rotation because of the injury.

"I want to see where he's at and then figure out how we can slot everybody in," Redmond said.

Jamal Collier is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.