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Dr. Andrews recommends more rest for Carter Capps, not surgery Redmond says

ST. PETERSBURG -- The season isn't over yet for Carter Capps.

The hard-throwing reliever met with Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday to have his elbow examined, and the recommendation given was the same as the one Marlins doctors first gave Capps when he went on the disabled list last week with a right elbow sprain -- no surgery and a month's rest. 

"I haven't talked to Capps, but I'm sure he's relieved," manager Mike Redmond said. "He got checked out again and it has to be comforting for him they both [Andrews and Marlins doctors] said the same thing.

"He's going to rest for the next month and then will start playing catch again and start building back up and see where we're at. So there is no surgery or recommendation or anything like that. So it's good news." 

Capps was transferred to the 60-day disabled list Wednesday. The earliest he could return from the DL is July 25. 


Redmond said second baseman Derek Dietrich took his demotion to Triple A New Orleans after Tuesday's game "like any young guy -- it was tough." 

"But I think he understood where we were coming from," Redmond continued. "The focus needs to be not just on hitting. It has to be on defense too. I think he understands that. I felt good walking away... I know he'll go down there and do that and give effort to improve in those areas."

Dietrich's seven errors at second base were tied for the most in baseball at the position. Redmond maintains Dietrich's defensive struggles are a product of what happened to him back in spring training when he was struck in the face by a hard-hit, one-hopper.

"That's all I can say really caused him to go into a defensive struggle," Redmond said. "Because he was so good playing defense last year. We know it's in there. For whatever reason he just needs to go down there, relax and get his confidence back defensively. We know when he does that he'll be back."

In the meantime, Redmond said he would like to get Donovan Solano some more at-bats and playing time at second base along with Ed Lucas. Solano was in the starting lineup at second base for only the fifth time this season Wednesday. He's only had 35 at-bats so far despite being with the team all year. 


With the Marlins playing at American League parks in four of their next seven games, Redmond said he plans on mixing up who he slots into the designated hitter's spot. Redmond said rookie Justin Boar, called up to replace Dietrich, could get the nod on Thursday against Tampa. He also said it's likely Giancarlo Stanton could DH against the Rangers next week.

"DH is tough for us because guys aren't used to that," Redmond said. "It's not an easy role especially when you're used to playing and playing defense, sort of being in that flow of the game.

"It's perfect for Casey to get the DH tonight especially after taking that bat in the ribs. I know he's fine. But at the same time too he has to be a little bit sore whether he admits it or not. Really that bat hit him a lot harder than I originally thought. But he's fine. We'll just kind of mess around with that spot, see who can give us good at-bats."

> Redmond said he's leaning toward starting rookie J.T. Realmuto behind the plate Thursday but hasn't made a final decision yet.