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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.