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June 05, 2013

Yelich heading to minor league disabled list

Top prospect Christian Yelich -- expected to be called up at some point this season -- will be placed on the minor league disabled list Thursday with a small abdominal wall strain. He is expected to miss about two weeks the Marlins say.

Hitting .262 with six home runs and 28 RBIs in 41 games for Jacksonville, Yelich was hurt making a diving catch in the outfield Monday. He played Tuesday, but was lifted from the lineup after complaining of discomfort following three at-bats.

Eovaldi will make at least one more minor league start before joining Marlins; Slowey talks Biogenesis

PHILADELPHIA -- Nathan Eovaldi is going to make at least one more minor league start with the Double A Jacksonville Suns before he joins the Marlins, manager Mike Redmond said Wednesday.

Eovaldi made his third rehab start Tuesday and allowed three runs in the top half of the first but settled in afterwards, finishing his outing after four and two thirds innings. He surrendered four runs, all earned, striking out four and walking four in the process. But his velocity was very good according to Redmond.

"I felt good, the shoulder feels fine overall," Eovaldi told the Suns' media. "At the beginning of the game I was just a little bit excited. I'm glad to be back out there. I was rushing things a little bit, but that settled down later."

In his three minor league starts, Eovaldi is 0-1 with a 4.61 ERA, six walks and seven strikeouts. Opponents are hitting .288 off him.


Rookie left-hander Edgar Olmos took the loss in Tuesday's 11-inning defeat to the Phillies, surrending the game-winning grand slam to John Mayberry Jr.

Lessons, though, were learned.

"I learned I've got to slow the game down," Olmos said. "When Domonic Brown hit that ground ball I should have slowed down, made sure I got it and get the out at first. If I get the first two guys out it's a whole different outcome."

After his error, Olmos had intentional walk and then a four-pitch walk to load the bases. He had no choice at that point but to go after Mayberry Jr., who homered an inning earlier off Steve Cishek to tie the score at 3.

"I wasn't going to let them walk-off on a walk," Olmos said. "If he beats me, he beats me. It was a two-seamer that should have gone outside. It started on the inside corner and hit the inner half. And he didn't miss it."


As a former player representative with the Twins and one of two active players on MLB's Pension Committee, Marlins pitcher Kevin Slowey often shares his opinions on big topics. But Wednesday, a day after the latest news involving Miami clinic Biogenesis and potential player suspensions broke, Slowey was taking more of a wait and see approach.

"Until something concrete comes of it, it's real foolishness to speculate," Slowey said. "It really is. It's not going to get anybody anywhere. As time moves on and things become more concrete or more obvious that's when you start to formulate opinions on that. Until that time, again I think foolishness is the word to describe guys speculating on things we don't have any idea about."

Still, Slowey said he likes the fact baseball is aggressively pursuing PED users and trying to clean up the game.

" I think more than anything guys in this clubhouse and every clubhouse want a clean game," Slowey said. "I don't think anybody in this clubhouse or clubhouses across the league would tell you anything else. We want a clean game, those of us who are here and know how hard it is to get guys out. We know how hard it is to hit home runs and compete at this level. I think everybody desires an even playing field.

"... I think the league has done a wonderful job the last five to 10 years doing everything they could to ensure a even playing field, to ensure guys who cheat do get caught and get punished. That's really what we would like to have happen."


> According to the team's website, Donovan Solano, Giancarlo Stanton and Joe Mahoney served as Jupiter's two, three and four hitters, respectively during the first game of a double-header Tuesday.

Solano went 3-for-3 and accounted for the Hammerheads' only run, an RBI single to center field in the fifth inning.

Stanton went 0-for-3, but made good contact in all three at-bats. He flew out once to deep left and twice to deep right, including a ball that would have bounced off the fence if not for a spectacular play by Threshers' right fielder Miguel Alvarez.

Mahoney went 1-for-3 and is now batting .364 (8-for-22) in six rehab games with the Hammerheads this season.

> Logan Morrison, playing with Jacksonville, finished 2-for-4 with an RBI on Tuesday. Redmond has said it's likely Morrison will not just the team until next week when they return home from the road trip and will spend all 20 days he can in the minors regaining his focus at the plate.

Closer frustrations continue for Cishek; Mayberry Jr. robbed Pierre of heroics

PHILADELPHIA -- Steve Cishek hasn't had many opportunities to protect a lead late in the game this season, but he blew another one of those rare chances Tuesday night against the Phillies.

With the Marlins ahead 3-2 in the 10th, the 26-year old right-hander gave up a solo home run to John Mayberry Jr. on what turned out to be a 2-2 slider that was just too flat according to manager Mike Redmond. The home run was the third Cishek has given up in 24 appearances. He gave up three homers all of last season in 68 appearances.

"It's tough. Your team is relying on you to put the game away. They fought so hard. And now it's all on your hands. You need to get three outs, right then and there and shut the door. It didn't work out," a disappointed Cishek said afterward.

"I'm feeling great. Mentally I feel good. Today I felt good. A couple of pitches got away from me, but I thought I made a couple good pitches too. Other than the slider to Mayberry everything felt good. Mentally I feel better than I had all year."

Cishek did appear to be turning a corner before Tuesday's struggles. After giving up three earned runs in a loss to the Reds back on May 16, he had given up just one earned run over his last seven appearances (1.35). Then Mayberry got him.


If not for Mayberry's Jr.'s two homers in extra innings, Juan Pierre would have been the story and the hero Tuesday.

The 35-year old used his speed to manufacture the go-ahead run in the 10th, drawing a nine-pitch walk, moving to second on a sacrifice bunt and then stealing third off former Phillies teammate Antonio Bastardo. He then scored on a wild pitch.

"Our offense has struggled to generate runs. That's just a guy trying to make something happen, be aggressive, and he did," Redmond said. "I wish it would have held up because that was a great effort by him to get himself in scoring position and score on a wild pitch. We just couldn't hold them up."

Pierre said playing with Bastardo last season helped him swipe third base.

"He did in the inside move which he didn't do much last year when I saw him," Pierre said. "I just figured he did one for show. We call those money bags where you do it late in the game to try and score a run. It worked out well."


Marlins (16-43): 1. Juan Pierre LF, 2. Ed Lucas 3B, 3. Derek Dietrich 2B, Marcell Ozuna RF, 5. Justin Ruggiano CF, 6. Casey Kotchman 1B, 7. Adeiny Hechavarria SS, 8. Jeff Mathis C, 9. Jacob Turner RHP.