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Nationals’ Matt Wieters helping how he can while working to return from injury

Matt Wieters talked on Saturday about the work he’s doing to get back in the lineup, and how he’s tried to help the Nationals’ young catching duo while he’s on the DL. In an MLB Network Radio interview on Friday afternoon, Nationals’ GM Mike Rizzo told hosts Jim Bowden and Mike Ferrin that he checked in on Marlins’ catcher J.T. Realmuto last winter, but in spite of some recent rumors, unless something changes in Miami, a potential deal for the catcher doesn’t seem likely. “I’ve been hitting tee and hitting flips, and we’ll get into some actual BP soon, hopefully. I...

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Marlins' Jose Urena goes on DL with shoulder injury; Wittgren returns

Jose Urena’s protracted struggle in the sixth inning Wednesdsay at San Francisco not only led to a loss. It landed the Marlins’ right-hander on disabled list. The Marlins made the move Friday, placing Urena on the 10-day DL with a shoulder impingement and reinstating reliever Nick Wittgren who...

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Marlins monitoring José Ureña for possible right elbow injury

Ureña has only been on the major league disabled list once before, and never for an arm problem. Plenty of Marlins fans are anxious to see advanced pitching prospects like Sandy Alcántara and Pablo López break through to the major leagues. Of course, you’d like for them to earn those opportunities, rather than receive them due to veteran injuries. Right-hander José Ureña took the loss on Wednesday afternoon when the Giants spoiled his shutout with a five-run rally in the sixth inning. It could’ve simply been a case of struggling the third time through an opposing lineup, or as...

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Marlins links, 6/20/18: One bad inning the insult to potential injury

Plus, a whole heckuva lot from the minors, and the rest of your Thursday Marlins links, ya’ll. Last night’s game The Marlins fell just short of a comeback once again, losing to the Giants 6-5. Jose Ureña had thrown five scoreless innings before the wheels came off in the sixth and five runs scored. The @Marlins leave 8 men on base in Wednesday's road loss to the Giants. #JuntosMiami #JustGettinStarted #MLB pic.twitter.com/uyVKL0CZxF— FOX Sports Florida (@FOXSportsFL) June 20, 2018 The final two runs came off the bat of Gorkys Hernandez, who was allowed to continue hitting after...

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Snake Bytes 6/21: East Coast Swing

The Diamondbacks will have 4 games in Pittsburgh starting today followed by 4 games in Miami. Godley, D-backs Set to Battle Bucs The next 8 games are on the east coast, but they are all winnable games. Winning 5 of 8 against the Pirates and Marlins should be the minimum expectation for the next week. How Will Ray’s Return Shape Roster With Koch sent down to presumably make space for Shelby Miller, it would appear Buchholz will be the odd man out for Ray. Of course, Miller could try but not be ready. Or other injuries. Buchholz and Koch will probably have another chance this...

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Yankees injuries: A.J. Cole placed on disabled list, Luis Cessa activated

The Yankees lose one reliever, gain another. Remember when the Marlins pummeled the Yankees 9-1 and Luis Cessa exited the game with an oblique strain? Two months later, he has finally recovered. Just in time for another Yankees reliever to hit the disabled list. Prior to today’s game, the Yankees announced that they activated Cessa, and placed A.J. Cole on the disabled list with a left neck strain. Cole pitched well after joining the team towards the end of April (0.69 ERA, 10.4 K/9), but the Yankees seemingly forgot he existed in June. Before Tuesday’s two innings against the Mariners,...

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Posey, Hernandez hit home runs as Giants beat Marlins 6-3

SAN FRANCISCO — Buster Posey certainly thought he got hit by a pitch in retaliation.Manager Bruce Bochy is still disappointed the Marlins plunked Evan Longoria last week and the third baseman is now recovering from surgery on his left hand.Miami's Don Mattingly insists nobody on either side was intentionally hit and became upset that the umpires warned both teams too quickly.Posey homered in the first, Gorkys Hernandez hit a two-run drive in the second and an RBI double later, and the San Francisco Giants held their lead this time to beat the Marlins 6-3 on Tuesday in another night of...

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Astros Crawfish Boil: June 20th, 2018

Top headlines in all of baseball Astros News and Notes Last night: Rays swim by Astros 2-1, ends win streak at 12 Alex Bregman: “We’re the best team in the big leagues” The Ringer: Oh Yeah, the Astros Have the Best Lineup in the Majors, Too Chron: Astros fans debate ‘the wave’ Around the League MLB: Overlooked players making strong ASG cases Giants-Marlins game turns into beanball The spat was a product of ongoing beef between Hunter Strickland of the Giants and Lewis Brinson of the Marlins. I’m team Lewis - guy’s got a lot of heart for a rookie with a 49 wRC+, and he...

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Giants’ Posey, Marlins’ Brinson drilled in tense second inning

Hours after two of their players underwent surgery for broken hands, the Giants started a hit-by-pitch battle with the Marlins on Tuesday night that led to Miami center fielder Lewis Brinson and Giants catcher Buster Posey getting drilled, plus two Miami ejections. With one out in the second inning, and two runners on, Giants starter Dereck Rodriguez hit Brinson in the midsection in apparent retaliation for flipping his bat and staring down closer Hunter Strickland after his ninth-inning single Monday night, which added to the closer's anger over blowing a save. ...

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Giants closer Hunter Strickland punches door, breaks pitching hand

Giants closer Hunter Strickland will be out six to eight weeks with a broken right hand after he punched a door in frustration following his blown save against the Marlins on Monday night, manager Bruce Bochy said. Bochy said Strickland had a “snap” and broke the fifth metacarpal in his pitching hand, the same bone that pitcher Madison Bumgarner and third baseman Evan Longoria had broken accidentally by baseballs. Strickland was undergoing surgery Tuesday afternoon, hours after Longoria had surgery in Los Angeles. “It was a tough loss,...

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Dodgers Injury News: Tom Koehler Not Expected To Return Until August Due To Setback

Looking to add pitching depth this past offseason, the Los Angeles Dodgers signed former Miami Marlins and Toronto...

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Graves and González join the major league team

Marlins fans get their first look at the offseason acquisition coming off an oblique injury. The Marlins announced on Friday afternoon that right-hander Brett Graves, a Rule 5 draft pick last December, will finally be joining the major league team. He suffered a left oblique injury during spring training and had been on the 60-day disabled list ever since. To make room for Graves on the 40-man roster, the Marlins shifted Chris O’Grady (left shoulder) to the 60-day DL. In additional roster moves, Merandy González will be coming up from Double-A Jacksonville, Ben Meyer has been optioned...

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A.J. Ramos to get second opinion on injured shoulder

Ramos is deciding between surgery and a ‘more conservative’ route The Mets placed AJ Ramos on the disabled list on May 28 with rotator cuff tendinitis. This afternoon, Sandy Alderson told reporters that he was seeking a second opinion about the injury. Ramos is deciding between surgery and a ‘more conservative route’ with his shoulder. Ramos was acquired mid-season last year from the Miami Marlins. In 21 games for the Mets in 2017, Ramos put up a 90 ERA+, saving seven games, striking out 25, and walking 12 in his 19 innings of service. This season, Ramos has been shakier; in 19.2...

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HS 194: The stupid Buster Posey rule screws over the Phillies

The Phillies’ loss to the Cubs on Thursday was highlighted by a rule that needs major fixing. In the land of good intentions, unintended consequences can sometimes turn a good idea into a complete disaster. Such is the case with The Buster Posey Rule, put into place in 2014 as a way of protecting Major League catchers in the wake of a devastating injury to the Giants’ star, who was run over by the Marlins’ Scott Cousins as he received a throw from the outfield in a game in 2011. Baseball, in their attempt to protect catchers from future incidents such as this, instituted a rule that...

Martinez, Molina close to return

The Cardinals, constantly on the prowl for reinforcements to shore up an injury-ravaged club, are expected to add an All-Star pitcher as well as an All-Star catcher Tuesday when they open a series here against the Miami Marlins.

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5 Marlins prospects named to Florida State League All-Star roster

High-A Jupiter has been the best Marlins affiliate in 2018, and their most consistent players are getting some well-deserved recognition. With a 33-19 record, the High-A Jupiter Hammerheads rank among the most successful teams in all of minor league baseball this season. They wouldn’t be where they are without extraordinary individual performances. On Friday, the Florida State League revealed the 2018 roster for its All-Star Game in Tampa coming up on June 16. Five Marlins prospects made the cut with further additions still possible in case of injury or promotion: Closer Lukas Schiraldi...

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Marlins' Martin Prado to miss at least a month with hamstring injury

Marlins manager Don Mattingly said the Marlins would be without veteran third baseman Martin Prado for at least a month following a left hamstring strain suffered during Friday night’s loss to Washington. “We know at least 30 days, plus getting ready,” Mattingly said before Sunday’s 5-2 loss to...

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Marlins waste Wei-Yin Chen's dominant outing in loss to Nationals

When Wei-Yin Chen starts for the Marlins, manager Don Mattingly said he’s learned how to train his eye. Across the last two-plus seasons, Mattingly has watched Chen battle ineffectiveness and injuries, long balls and short outings. Through it all, Mattingly said he learned that his leash with Chen...

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Nick Wittgren: Valuable trade chip?

Will the Marlins cash in on the righty’s strong 2018 campaign? Stats updated entering 5/26/18 Major League Baseball has doubled down on The Age of the Reliever so far in 2018. Dominant bullpen arms are a necessity for true contenders, and accumulating several insures them against the inevitable injuries of a long season. Meanwhile, such specialists make for awkward fits on rebuilding teams. If the Marlins, for example, were to lose five more games in 2018 because the pen blew a lead, is it a huge deal? The preferable draft position resulting from those losses might actually outweigh the...

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Don Mattingly talks about Martin Prado’s hamstring injury on Friday

Marlins manager Don Mattingly discusses Martin Prado's injury on Friday night against Washington in a 9-5 Miami loss to the Nationals.

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Brad Ziegler bashed by Nats in frustrating 4-1 loss

Marlins are running out of reasons to continue using the veteran in high-leverage situations. Unemployed until the injury-depleted Nationals gave him a call last month, Mark Reynolds led the visitors to a 4-1 win on Saturday afternoon. His assist to cut down pinch-runner Cameron Maybin at home plate preserved a 1-1 tie in the eighth inning. Then, leading off the ninth, Reynolds’ solo shot to left field against Brad Ziegler put the Nats ahead for good. Aside from the rally against Ziegler (whose earned run average swelled to 7.54 this season), Marlins pitching was superb. Wei-Yin Chen...

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Don Mattingly on JT Riddle’s recall and Martin Prado’s injury

Marlins manager Don Mattingly talks about JT Riddle's role in the Miami infield with Martin Prado on the DL.

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2017 Marlins minor league award winner James Nelson cleared for season debut

Meniscus surgery winds up costing the infielder nearly two months of playing time. As announced by the player himself Friday morning on Twitter, Marlins third base prospect James Nelson has been medically cleared to make his 2018 regular season debut. Nelson underwent meniscus surgery in spring training. He had been rehabbing at the team’s facilities in Jupiter and will now be added to the Hammerheads roster (High-A affiliate in the Florida State League). Nelson batted .309/.354/.456 (132 wRC+) last season with the Low-A Greensboro Grasshoppers to earn 2017 Organizational Player of the...

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Washington Nationals’ lineup for the series opener with the Miami Marlins...

No one cares about the injuries you’re dealing with, but the Nationals have had some serious issues this season, and as General Manager Mike Rizzo said, they’re not just little ones... Next man up. No one cares about the injury issues your team is dealing with in the majors, because there are games to be played every day-ish no matter who’s available. But that doesn’t mean you can’t talk about overcoming those issues to stay competitive while you wait for your expected everyday players to get back in the lineup. “I think we’re second in all of baseball in roster moves and...