9/12/2013 1:45 P.M. ET
Fernandez admits mistake, but vows not to change
By Joe Frisaro / MLB.com
MIAMI -- The Marlins are not asking Jose Fernandez to change his emotional nature, they'd just like to see him tone it down a bit.
The morning after the 21-year-old was at the center of some bench-clearing controversy with the Braves on Wednesday night, Fernandez said what he did was wrong and he hopes to learn from it.
"I like the emotion. The energy and all the stuff he brings to the ballpark, I think it's great," manager Mike Redmond said. "But it's a fine line, too, how you show that emotion. I think his excitement, and the way he is as a teammate and the way he competes, that's great. It's just a fine line in the big leagues in how you show your emotion, and how you act and conduct yourself on the mound."
Fernandez allowed one run in seven innings of the Marlins' 5-2 win Wednesday night and added his first big league home run.
The Braves took exception to the way Fernandez admired his homer, and catcher Brian McCann spoke with him about it at home plate, prompting the benches and bullpens to clear.
After the game, Fernandez met in the hallway with McCann and pitcher Mike Minor.
While Fernandez expressed his regret, the rookie noted Thursday morning he is going to continue to be himself.
"I'm going to keep being who I am," Fernandez said. "That's what got me here. It was a little mistake yesterday. I talked to some of the players I needed to apologize to, McCann and Minor.
"I think everything is good. I'm going to keep doing what I do, and hopefully, I get better."
Marlins first baseman Logan Morrison acknowledged Fernandez crossed the line on his home run, but noted the Braves did some things to provoke the rookie. Chris Johnson had words with Fernandez.
When Evan Gattis homered in the sixth inning, he stared at Fernandez, which built up tensions.
"I didn't realize the full effect of what happened last night," Morrison said. "Jose needs to calm it down still, but I don't feel he is fully in the wrong with what he did. I feel like they did some things to him that went unnoticed that need to be addressed and will be addressed. I don't think Jose should have been sold out the way he was sold out."
Morrison added that he's hit home runs and never stared at the pitcher.
"I don't stare at them when I hit a home run," Morrison said. "I've hit it way further than Gattis hit it last night, and I put my head down and ran around the bases. I didn't pimp it. I tried to get around the bases as fast I can and get the game going."
Fernandez's personality and performance have been the biggest bright spots in a rough season for the Marlins.
Before games, the pitcher commonly interacts with the opposition, and he will exchange playful words while on the mound. Perhaps it will be suggested that Fernandez does less.
"I haven't seen anybody quite like that," Redmond said. "He likes to have fun with guys on the other team, but he's a fierce competitor. That might be a part of his game that maybe he needs to look at, and maybe try to do differently. That's part of his youth."
Eovaldi's tight back forces Miami to shuffle starters
MIAMI -- Still feeling tightness in his back, Nathan Eovaldi was scratched from his scheduled start Thursday against the Braves and replaced by Brian Flynn.
The move was expected after Eovaldi complained of discomfort Wednesday afternoon.
The Marlins held out hope Eovaldi would be better, but when there was little improvement, the club went to their backup plan. Flynn, a September callup, was lined up to go on Friday against the Mets at Citi Field.
The revised rotation now has Brad Hand facing the Mets on Friday, and Henderson Alvarez will pitch the first game of Saturday's doubleheader, followed by Jacob Turner. Tom Koehler will pitch Sunday.
Eovaldi opened the season on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation and joined the rotation in June.
"His back is really tight," manager Mike Redmond said. "He's not really moving well."
Sam Dyson is a candidate to go on Monday in Philadelphia, if Eovaldi isn't ready.
The Marlins are confident Eovaldi will pitch again this season, but they also are being careful with the hard-throwing right-hander.
"I'm anticipating him pitching at least one more game," Redmond said. "It depends on the timing on how long he is going to be out. With all these guys, we've got to make sure we take care of him. We don't want to jeopardize his arm after missing time with a sore shoulder. We have to make sure he's back healthy and feeling good before we send him back out there."
Hechavarria displays durability in rookie campaign
MIAMI -- The most durable Marlin all season has been shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria.
The 24-year-old rookie entered Thursday with a team-high 130 games and 483 at-bats, making him the lone Miami player who will likely reach 500.
"I think it's important that he gets every single at-bat," manager Mike Redmond said. "He may be the only guy on our team who gets 500 at-bats this year. Usually you have multiple guys with 500 at-bats, and he's probably going to be the only guy. He truly has played every day and has done a great job."
The slick-fielding shortstop did have a stint on the 15-day disabled list due to a left elbow bruise. He was out from April 16-May 2. Since his returned, he is rarely is out of the lineup.
"It just doesn't seem like he's tired to me," Redmond said. "He's a guy who has just gone out there and hasn't complained. Some guys may come up to me and say they need a day or whatever. He wants to play every day. I think that's a testament to him, and I think it's good."