"I've been wanting to give JP a day off for a while," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. "We've just needed him to go out there, and he's done a great job grinding it out every single day. We've had to have him play because we've had guys banged up. I told him the other day i wanted to give him a break."
It helps that Reds starter Tony Cingrani is left-handed, so Redmond can avoid the lefty-on-lefty matchup with Pierre on the bench.
Pierre, a career .296 hitter, is hitting .207 with three steals and one RBI in 58 at-bats.
Tony Meale is a contributor to MLB.com. Marlins beat reporter Joe Frisaro contributed to this report. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.