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Choate returns to South Florida for MRI on swollen left elbow

   DENVER -- The bad news just keeps on coming for the Marlins bullpen. Hours after the Marlins placed Brian Sanches on the DL, lefty specialist Randy Choate was on his way back to South Florida for a MRI on a swollen left elbow. Choate will likely end up on the DL, as well.

   Choate said his elbow was so swollen that it "looked like somebody stuck a baseball inside it," though he doesn't believe there to be any ligament damage. Likewise, Sanches said in a text message that he doesn't think he has any ligament damage. The Marlins are listing his injury as a strained right elbow.

   The Marlins activated right-hander Ryan Webb from the DL on Wednesday to fill the roster spot created by Sanches, but will be down two relievers tonight when they close out their series with the Rockies.

    With Choate out of the picture, the Marlins have only one left-hander in their bullpen, Mike Dunn.

    Choate gave up a walkoff home run on Monday to Jason Giambi, and he was warming up in the pen -- but didn't pitch -- on Tuesday. But he said when he woke up Wednesday, he noticed swelling in his elbow and it became steadily worse over the course of the day.