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Austin Kearns taken to hospital with irregular heartbeat

       For the second straight day, the Marlins have made a late lineup change due to an unexpected development. Manager Mike Redmond said reserve outfielder Austin Kearns was taken to a local hospital this morning after showing up to Marlins Park complaining of an irregular heartbeat.

       "He came in with a speeding heart rate, so he went immediately to the hospital," Redmond said, adding that Kearns was accompanied by one of the Marlins' trainers. "He's over there being evaulated."

       Kearns started Saturday and struck out in the ninth inning the batter before Chris Coghlan won the game with an infield hit. Kearns struggled in spring training and is hitless in 10 at bats this season.

       "They just told me he came in this morning complaining that his heart was beating fast," Redmond said. "You don't mess around with those things."

       Justin Ruggiano, who was a late scratch from Saturday's game due to tightness in his groin, took Kearns' spot in the lineup for today's game. The Marlins are also playing without Giancarlo Stanton, who is sidelined with a bruised left shoulder. Stanton said it may be a few days before he's able to return to the lineup.

        "With Stanton out, we're very thin," Redmond said. "We're running out of options out there. So he's (Ruggiano) got to play. That's where we're at. It's crazy. We've had a lot of stuff, starting from the last week of spring training when we lost a couple of starters (pitchers), losing a first baseman, Stanton's out, Kearns is out, Ruggiano has tightened up....My first two weeks managing a major league baseball team has been an adventure. But we're still piecing it together."

        Given the depleted state of the roster, the Marlins might be forced to make moves in order to bring in reinforcements.

        "We can't play down two or three guys for very long," Redmond said. "There's too may unknowns right now. We've got to wait to see how Kearnsy is and see how Ruggiano does in the game today."

        Today's lineup:

        1. Pierre, lf; 2. Coghlan, cf; 3. Polanco, 3b; 4. Dobbs, 1b; 5. Ruggiano, rf; 6. Brantly, c; 7. Valaika, 2b; 8. Hechavarria, ss; 9. Slowey, p.


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Poo Poo Platter

What a circus this team is. What's next, Fernandez slips on a banana peel in the dugout and be out for the season?


Poop-oo..don't even say it

Stan M

Rumor: Stanton stepped on a land mine on his way to todays game. H is listed as day to day.


Kearns had too much cafe cubano

Flav C.

Hope he is alright and is nothing serious.

Camera Mike

I'm with you Flav. I don't want any player to be out injured but just let Austin be alright no matter how many games he has to miss.

Marlin Fan

Another poor hitting performance , again a wasted starting pitching performance . One bad pitch by Rausch , and a spectacular baserunning display by Brantly .

Camera Mike

This season is going to be all about the minor victories, and even though we are well are on way to finishing dead last in MLB, here's to our first series without being shutout.

SamSpade Private Detective

can't blame any of the players to complain and sit out for any injury, even the slightest one. they should not ruin the opportunity to go to another team


Samson said at the start of the season that he just wishes people could come out and enjoy a MLB game. The only problem this team has a few MLBers and the rest are AAA and AAAA type of guys collecting a paycheck, I don't blame'em. I liken this to a split-squad spring training game and as such not really a MLB game being played in Miami but at best an exhibition.

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