Miami Marlins’ manager Mike Redmond tested through first few months

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Miami Marlins' manager Mike Redmond has had to work with a short bench for most of the season as a result of several injuries, with Chris Valaika being the newest Marlin to be placed on the disabled list.

Miami Marlins' manager Mike Redmond doesn't want any pity. Despite the fact that the Marlins currently have 11 players on the disabled list, Redmond refuses to make excuses or allow his team to feel bad for themselves.

"I'm not going to sit here and be concerned for myself or my team," Redmond said during a press conference before Wednesday afternoon's game at Petco Park in San Diego. "Nobody is going to feel sorry for us. It is what it is. We just have to keep going out there and playing."

Redmond, a first year major league manager, has had to deal with injuries, just as the managers of every squad have had to do at some point in their careers. However, few have experienced what Redmond has through the first month and a half of the season.

Injuries began to plague the team before the season even started. Nathan Eovaldi and Henderson Alvarez, both of who were expected to be in Miami's starting rotation to begin the year, were both injured and placed on the disabled list.

Giancarlo Stanton is one of the more recent Marlins to be placed on the DL, though his injury gave an opportunity to prospect Marcell Ozuna, who has thrived through the first several series of his career.

Second baseman Donovan Solano and utility infielder Chris Valaika were both injured early in the week, and shortly after were placed on the 15-day DL. Valaika was expected to see playing time at second while Solano was inactive.

"It's unbelievable, eleven guys now," Redmond said. "It just seems like one after the other. To see so many guys and so many different positions go down, it's crazy."

Ozuna isn't the only prospect who was given an opportunity because of an injury. Derek Dietrich, who the Marlins acquired from Tampa Bay in exchange for Yunel Escobar, was promoted on Wednesday and will likely get several starts at second base.

For the majority of the season, Redmond has been playing with a short bench. Regardless of all of the injuries, he is excited about the opportunities the young players are getting and remains optimistic about the future.

"It seems like we can't get anybody healthy, and we're not getting any of [the players] back," Redmond said. "We're hoping we can get some of these guys back and have the team that we thought we were going to have coming out of spring training."

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