Miami Marlins manager Don Mattingly will not be with the team for Thursday night’s game against the Atlanta Braves because of a death in the family.
Bench coach Tim Wallach will manage the team, while Brian Schneider will serve as the bench coach Thursday. Mattingly is expected to return to the Marlins on Friday.
“I’d rather we have our normal situation, but I feel like I’m trying to manage the game every night anyway,” Wallach said. “Reminding him of different things that are coming and what might be happening, so it’s not all that much different.”
Wallach is in his third season as bench coach in Miami and fifth straight as Mattingly’s right-hand man in the dugout. He also managed the Dodgers’ Triple-A affiliate from 2009-10.
Schneider typically serves as the catching coach.
“Certainly, you’ve got more things to worry about,” Wallach said. “You’re dealing with the umpires. You’re dealing with the running game. Donnie likes dealing with the running game, so I’ll be handling that tonight. … Just more involved as far as the in-game stuff.”
The Marlins open a seven-game homestand on Thursday with a four-game series against the Braves. Miami also hosts the Dodgers for three games next week.
The Marlins are coming off a lopsided sweep by the Cubs, losing three games by a combined 22 runs.
Here are updates on four injured Marlins.
Right-hander Brett Graves (left oblique strain) and right-hander Odrisamer Despaigne (right forearm strain): both will throw three innings Friday at extended spring training.
Outfield Garrett Cooper (right wrist contusion): continuing with wrist strengthening and throwing program.
Left-hander Chris O’Grady (left shoulder strain): progressing with his throwing program in Jupiter.
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