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Marlins call-up Flynn to aid taxed bullpen; Hechavarria in line to play catch Sunday

After losing a 14-inning, four-hour, 41-minute marathon to the Phillies Thursday night, the Marlins came home a tired a bunch Friday morning.

Manager Mike Redmond said the team's flight didn't get into South Florida until around 4:15 a.m., and heads "didn't hit the pillow until about 5."

By then, left-handed pitcher Brian Flynn was already awake and on a plane in Nashville bound for South Florida. Flynn was called up from Triple A New Orleans to provide some pitching depth and bullpen relief for this weekend's series against the visiting Oakland A's. The Marlins optioned first baseman Justin Bour back down to New Orleans to make room for Flynn, who is 7-5 with a 3.56 ERA in 16 starts for New Orleans this season.

"We just needed an arm after last night," Redmond said. "We had a couple guys throw a lot of pitches -- A.J. [Ramos] and [Chris Hatcher]. We definitely needed an arm especially since we're going to have a couple young arms throwing in the next couple days. Hopefully [Anthony DeSclafani] will go out there tonight and give us a great start. But just in case we wanted to make sure we're covered with an extra arm."

Ramos threw 50 pitches in 1 2/3 innings of relief work and Hatcher needed 44 pitches to get through 2 1/3 innings. Redmond said both pitchers are unavailable Friday, and he hinted Ramos could need more time than just one day off.

"We're just going to play it by ear," Redmond said. "It was 50 pitches. That's a lot for him for those two innings. We needed those two innings. It just took him more pitches to get through it. Hatch? I'm not sure exactly how many pitches it was. But it was two long innings too."

Since June 6, the Marlins have played five extra-inning games including four that have gone at least 13 innings or more. They've won just one of them -- a 10-inning, 3-2 win over the Pirates on June 15. Making matters tougher, the Marlins haven't had a day off since June 12 and are in the midst of playing their 15th consecutive game in a 17-game, 17-day stretch. They'll finally have another off day on Monday.

"Obviously when you play that long you want to come out on top," veteran outfielder Reed Johnson said. "Hopefully we can play better at home. And hopefully we can find a way to have a four or five-run lead going into ninth inning. Those are a lot more fun." 

HECHAVARRIA AIMING TO THROW SUNDAY

Marlins shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria said he's planning to play catch on Sunday for the first time since going on the disabled list June 21 with a right triceps strain.

"Before, whatever movement I made my tricep hurt," Hechavarria said. "I don't know if when I throw it will hurt, but right now I feel fine."

Hechavarria said he's been doing exercises to strengthen his arm and said he thinks in a week he'll be fine. Redmond said the Marlins aren't rushing Hechavarria to throw yet, and if he feels any discomfort before Sunday they'll hold him off.

"We've got time with him," Redmond said. "It's more on how he feels day-to-day. So if on Sunday he says he's fine to play catch, then great. But we want to make sure when these 15 days are up he's 100 percent, ready to go. We don't need to push him."

Hechavarria said the triceps strain is different from last year's throwing arm injury, which kept him on the disabled list for the final two weeks of April. "That was my elbow," he said. "This is more up here [triceps]."

> Redmond said the wife of pitcher Tom Koehler "is ready to have a baby at any minute." Koehler isn't scheduled to start for the Marlins until Wednesday against the Phillies.

> Left fielder Christian Yelich will play in his final rehab game Friday for Triple A New Orleans before traveling back to South Florida on Saturday and rejoining the Marlins Sunday.

FRIDAY'S LINEUPS

> Athletics (48-30): 1. Coco Crisp CF, 2. Alberto Callaspo 2B, 3. Yoenis Cespedes LF, 4. Brandon Moss 1B, 5. Josh Donaldson 3B, 6. Jed Lowrie SS, 7. Derek Norris C, 8. Josh Reddick RF, 9. Jesse Chavez RHP.

> Marlins (39-40): 1. Reed Johnson LF, 2. Derek Dietrich 2B, 3. Giancarlo Stanton RF, 4. Casey McGehee 3B, 5. Garrett Jones 1B, 6. Marcell Ozuna CF, 7. Donovan Solano SS, 8. Jeff Mathis C, 9. Anthony DeSclafani RHP.

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