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Randy Choate likely done for season

   SAN DIEGO -- The Marlins placed Randy Choate on the 15-day disabled list with elbow inflammation, and it's unlikely the lefty specialist will pitch again this season.

   "I doubt it," Choate said after undergoing a MRI in South Florida on Thursday.

   The good news for Choate and the Marlins is that the injury is believed to be a mild strain and can heal on its own with normal care and rest. Choate is under contract next season for $1.5 million. While Choate didn't rule out the possibility of a late-season return, he said it appears highly unlikely.

    "I would love to pitch some more," Choate said. "But I don't want to do anything stupid. I'd rather be completely healed for next season."

    Choate has appeared in 54 games, going 1-1 with a 1.82 ERA. He lived up to billing as being tough against left-handers. Left-handers hit just .145 (10 for 69) against Choate. But Choate is disappointed that his season might ended on a sour note. The last pitch he threw was clobbered by Colorado's Jason Giambi for a game-ending home run in Denver on Tuesday.

     "I don't really like giving up a hit to a left-hander, especially a home run that ends a game," he said.

    The Marlins called up right-hander reliever Chris Hatcher from Double A Jacksonville to fill Choate's roster spot.

     -- Logan Morrison left last night's game at Triple A  New Orleans with a minor hamstring injury and is not in tonight's lineup for the Zephyrs. But he is expected to return to the lineup on Friday.

     -- With a home run tonight at PETCO Park, Mike Stanton will become the first player in Marlins history to homer in five consecutive games. However, he went 0 for 3 with a strikeout when he went against tonight's starter, Tim Stauffer, earlier this season in South Florida