Miami Marlins pitcher Jarred Cosart had to miss a couple starts thanks to a back injury, so manager Mike Redmond gave him strict orders not to swing the bat in his start on Tuesday.
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“I didn’t want him taking any swings that were going to hurt him,” Redmond said. “Had we had him in a situation where we needed to score a run, we probably would have had to hit for him, knowing he hadn’t taken any swings. Fortunately, we didn’t get in that situation.”
Cosart's injury came while he was at the plate in his first game in the NL, so he had never faced Major League pitching before, and ended up fairly overmatched.
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With Adam Wainwright on the mound for the opposing Cardinals Tuesday night, it would likely have been a lost cause for Cosart even if he had hacked away.
The 24-year old more than made up for his lack of offensive production on the mound though, throwing seven scoreless innings and giving up only three hits as the Miami won 3-0.
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