Redmond contemplating off-days during stretch

Redmond contemplating off-days during stretch

MIAMI -- A stretch of 20-straight games has Miami manager Mike Redmond calculating when to give his regulars a day off.

On Saturday night, catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia was given a breather. Jeff Mathis was behind the plate to catch Jacob Turner, who was reinstated from the disabled list to start the second of three games against the Dodgers.

Left fielder Christian Yelich also was given a day off, and Reed Johnson started in his place.

The Marlins are at the midway point of their nine-game homestand, and they will immediately head to the West Coast to play an 11-game road trip in consecutive days.

Redmond said he is considering giving Giancarlo Stanton a day off on Wednesday in the series finale with the Mets. The team also hopes to give center fielder Marcell Ozuna a breather soon.

"We're going to mix a few guys in," Redmond said. "When you are playing 20 straight days, you don't have the luxury of days off to keep guys fresh."

Saltalamacchia, 8-for-14 so far on the homestand with two homers, is scheduled to start on Sunday with Jose Fernandez pitching.

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