Cishek feels Marlins' play prompted changes

Cishek feels Marlins' play prompted changes

MIAMI -- The Marlins barely had time to digest nearly getting no-hit when they were informed manager Mike Redmond and bench coach Rob Leary had been dismissed following Sunday's 6-0 loss to the Braves.

Popular with his players, mostly all of the Marlins didn't want to speak publicly about the decision to change leadership with the removal of Redmond after a 16-22 start.

Steve Cishek, the team's players' representative, did speak up for his now former manager.

"It's tough because, obviously, it's not his fault," Cishek said. "I feel like we put him in this position. We haven't been playing well lately. It's tough on him and Leary to have to take the fall for us."

Like many on the team, Cishek has been off to a rough start. The veteran reliever was removed as the closer after saving three of seven chances. Two of those were on back-to-back days at San Francisco and Los Angeles at Dodger Stadium.

Immediately after Sunday's loss, the Marlins called a team meeting and informed the players of the change.

"We just came in, had a team meeting and they made the decision," Cishek said. "It's a bit of a surprise, obviously. I feel bad for them. Again, it's not their fault."

Cishek certainly isn't the only player who has scuffled. The bullpen has labored, and the team also was without Opening Day starter Henderson Alvarez from April 12 until Sunday.

Alvarez had been on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation for more than a month. And ace Jose Fernandez isn't expected back until around July 1.

Alvarez was reinstated from the disabled list on Sunday, giving up six runs in 5 1/3 innings in taking the loss.

The Braves completed their three-game sweep, with Shelby Miller firing 8 2/3 no-hit innings before Justin Bour's single in the ninth. Miami finished with just two hits.

"We're going to hold our heads up high," Alvarez said. "That's how baseball goes -- you have your good days and you have your bad days. Now it's just about keep going forward and we'll get our good days."

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