Mathis gets start behind the plate for Marlins

Mathis gets start behind the plate for Marlins

MIAMI -- In the first two games, the Marlins used all seven of their relievers. On Wednesday, manager Mike Redmond got his backup catcher into the lineup.

Jeff Mathis made the start behind the plate in place of Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who went 0-for-7 with five strikeouts in the first two games.

"My plan going into this [series] was to get [Mathis] in there one of these days," Redmond said. "I wanted to incorporate, just like our pitchers, all these guys into game situations as soon as I possibly could. Tonight is Matty's night."

Now, all 25 players have seen early action.

Redmond isn't overly concerned by Saltalamacchia's slow start.

"We've got a few guys off to a slow start," Redmond said. "I don't get too over-excited about eight at-bats or six at-bats, when you talk about guys who get 500 or 600."

• On Wednesday, reliever Aaron Crow underwent season-ending Tommy John surgery. The procedure was performed by Dr. David Altchek in New York City. Recovery time is roughly 14 months.

Steve Cishek threw 24 pitches in one-third of an inning in mop up action in Tuesday's 12-2 loss to the Braves. It was a rough outing for the Miami closer, who allowed four runs.

"It wasn't perfect," Redmond said. "He hadn't thrown in four or five days. We were trying to get him an inning. It was a struggle for him."

Christian Yelich, Marcell Ozuna and Giancarlo Stanton have now started on Opening Day for the second straight year. The trio is the first to do so for the Marlins since 1994-95 when Jeff Conine, Chuck Carr and Gary Sheffield did it.

Jarred Cosart, who has been dealing with a blister on his right middle finger, threw 90 pitches in a simulated game on Monday at the Roger Dean Stadium complex in Jupiter, Fla. Cosart will make his first regular-season start on Saturday against the Rays.

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.