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Prado nears return after lengthy absence

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MILWAUKEE -- The Marlins may be three and a half weeks into the regular season, but it's essentially Spring Training for third baseman Martin Prado.

Prado is continuing his rehab assignment at Class A Advanced Jupiter, but he is getting closer to returning to the Marlins. The 34-year-old opened the season on the disabled list with a left hamstring strain and last played in the big leagues on July 17, 2017.

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MILWAUKEE -- The Marlins may be three and a half weeks into the regular season, but it's essentially Spring Training for third baseman Martin Prado.

Prado is continuing his rehab assignment at Class A Advanced Jupiter, but he is getting closer to returning to the Marlins. The 34-year-old opened the season on the disabled list with a left hamstring strain and last played in the big leagues on July 17, 2017.

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Prado could rejoin the Marlins on their next homestand, which starts on Friday against the Rockies.

"Now it's really a matter of getting Martin at-bats," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. "He hasn't really played since last July on any kind of consistent basis, so he's kind of going through Spring Training right now. ... He's been doing well."

Prado was given Sunday off after getting three at-bats with the Hammerheads on Saturday. The plan is for him to be back in Jupiter's lineup on Monday.

"He's been extremely positive," Mattingly said. "Martin is a guy who is really hard on himself and has been frustrated by the season he had last year, from the standpoint of injuries. You could see it on his face, from being down. But he's been really positive and upbeat lately."

Prado has appeared in two rehab games, but in recent weeks, he's been getting his share of at-bats through extended spring training or live batting practice. There's still a chance Prado could play at another Minor League level in his rehab, either at Double-A Jacksonville or Triple-A New Orleans.

"It's a matter of him getting built up," Mattingly said. "I don't know if there is another level he needs to get to. It's really just building innings."

Once reinstated, Prado will create some playing time issues, because rookie Brian Anderson has been handling third base. Anderson could see time as a corner outfielder to keep his bat in the lineup.

Video: MIA@MIL: Anderson singles to right and extends lead

Celebrating Earth Day
Green is being trendy on Sunday throughout Major League Baseball. Earth Day is being celebrated throughout the big leagues. The Marlins are concluding their four-game series at Miller Park in Milwaukee. The Brewers partnered with the Green Bay Packers for the Root, Root, Root for the Brewers campaign.

Although the Marlins are the road team, their home, Marlins Park, ranks among the tops in the Majors in terms of being environmentally conscious.

Marlins Park is one of six ballparks that is LEED-certified. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. Marlins Park is recognized for meeting high environmental standards by using less water and energy, as well as reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Marlins Park, AT&T Park (Giants), Nationals Park (Nationals), Camden Yards (Orioles), SunTrust Park (Braves) and Target Field (Twins) are the six Major League ballparks that are LEED certified.

Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

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Smith K's 10, but Marlins drop finale vs. Crew

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MILWAUKEE -- So much for struggling on the road. Caleb Smith erased any doubts that he could perform away from home, but the left-hander had little to show for it on Sunday in the Marlins' 4-2 loss to the Brewers at Miller Park.

Smith logged career highs with six innings and 10 strikeouts while allowing just two hits and no walks. But those hits came back to back in the fourth inning, with Christian Yelich's two-run home run to center spoiling an otherwise stellar outing.

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MILWAUKEE -- So much for struggling on the road. Caleb Smith erased any doubts that he could perform away from home, but the left-hander had little to show for it on Sunday in the Marlins' 4-2 loss to the Brewers at Miller Park.

Smith logged career highs with six innings and 10 strikeouts while allowing just two hits and no walks. But those hits came back to back in the fourth inning, with Christian Yelich's two-run home run to center spoiling an otherwise stellar outing.

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After being tagged for five runs in 2 1/3 innings in his last start, a loss at Yankee Stadium on Monday, Smith put everything together in his efficient six innings. Of his 77 pitches, 55 were strikes.

"It feels really good," Smith said. "After my last outing, the days felt like they were going by so slowly. I was ready to get back out there and go again."

Video: MIA@MIL: Smith fans Yelich in the 1st for his first K

Justin Bour had two hits and two RBIs, but he also committed a two-out error in the seventh inning on Eric Thames' grounder to first that allowed Milwaukee's third run to score. Bour also made a baserunning blunder in the eighth inning, taking off from first base with one out on Brian Anderson's routine fly ball to center, and he was doubled up to end the inning.

"First off, I'm not getting that ground ball and getting out of the inning," Bour said. "That's pretty frustrating. On the popup, I saw the first baseman go behind, so I'm thinking right there two outs, that's why he's behind me, and just a mental lapse. I would much rather go 0-for-4 with four strikeouts than commit an error and do something stupid on the bases. That leaves a terrible feeling in your stomach, so it's just brutal."

Video: MIA@MIL: Cain makes catch in center, doubles up Bour

The Marlins, who are now 1-5 on their current road trip, have been in need of a strong start, and Smith delivered. But with Miami down a run in the seventh inning, the southpaw was lifted for a pinch-hitter.

"I wanted him to be able to go back out, but we have to try to score in that inning," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said.

Until Sunday, Smith's season had been different as night and day based on where he's pitched. In two road starts, he had a 13.50 ERA with seven strikeouts and 11 walks over 5 1/3 innings. It was vastly different at Marlins Park, where he had a 3.48 ERA in 10 1/3 innings with 15 strikeouts and four walks.

"Everything was working," Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto said. "He was very effective in the strike zone. He got ahead of guys early, was really able to get through the lineup the first time through, primarily with his fastball, which was huge for him. The second time through, he was able to mix a little more, and he was able throw his slider quite a bit and throw it in the zone when he wanted to and throw it out of the zone when he wanted to."

Smith opened with three perfect innings, striking out six on 32 pitches, before running into trouble in the fourth. Lorenzo Cain led off with a single to right, and Yelich crushed his home run to center.

"It was supposed to be a two-seam [fastball] in, and it was just middle of the plate, down in the zone," Smith said. "He put a good swing on it. That's really the pitch that cost us the lead."

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Missed opportunity: In the sixth inning, the Marlins put themselves in position to tie the game or take the lead, loading the bases with no outs against Brewers starter Junior Guerra. Realmuto and Starlin Castro each singled and Bour drew a walk, prompting a pitching change with the Brewers clinging to a 2-1 lead. Jeremy Jeffress entered with no outs, and he needed 12 pitches to get three outs while not allowing a run. Anderson struck out on a splitter, and J.B. Shuck popped out foul to third, while Lewis Brinson went down on strikes, swinging through a 2-2 offspeed pitch to end the inning.

"That's the inning, definitely, that you look back and you have an opportunity right there to get on the board and get at least get one," Mattingly said. "It is an inning that hurt us, for sure where you look back and say that was a missed opportunity."

Video: MIA@MIL: Jeffress escapes a bases-loaded jam in 6th

SOUND SMART
At 5-16, the Marlins are tied for their worst start ever through 21 games. They started with the same record in 1995 and 2013.

YOU GOTTA SEE THIS
Realmuto impacts the game in many ways, behind the plate and with his bat. In the first inning, Realmuto used his legs on the bases. He scored from first base on Bour's double, touching home with a hand swipe just ahead of Brewers catcher Jacob Nottingham's tag. According to Statcast™, Realmuto made it from first to home in 10.58 seconds, and his sprint speed was 28.1 feet per second. Realmuto needed to be on the go, because Bour's double had an exit speed of 113.6 mph.

"Actually, it was probably closer than it should have been, because I rounded third a little wider than I wanted to," Realmuto said. "[Anderson] was behind the plate telling me, 'Slide outside, slide outside.' He did a good job of letting me know, so I knew where to slide."

 Video: MIA@MIL: Bour opens the scoring with an RBI double

HE SAID IT
"Nothing clicks unless you're on the field. It's all about what you do in the batter's box, what you're doing on the mound. There's not too much you can do to stop this ship until you go out there and perform and win games when the pressure is on the line." -- Realmuto, on how to turn things around

UP NEXT
Whatever the role, Jarlin Garcia has performed. Even though he opened the season in the bullpen, the left-hander has been the Marlins' best overall pitcher. Garcia will make his third start on Monday at 10:10 p.m. ET at the Dodgers. Between his first two starts, he's thrown 11 scoreless innings. The Dodgers will counter with right-hander Walker Buehler, their top prospect, who will make his MLB debut.

Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

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Brinson hits 3rd HR of series vs. Crew in loss

Tazawa allows walk-off home run in ninth after 13-pitch at-bat
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MILWAUKEE -- Lewis Brinson continues to refine his mechanics at the plate, but the rookie center fielder has found his home run swing. Brinson crushed a three-run home run in the second inning on Saturday, but there was an all-too-familiar result for the Marlins.

Jesus Aguilar capped a 13-pitch at-bat in the ninth inning against reliever Junichi Tazawa with a walk-off home run that gave the Marlins a 6-5 loss to the Brewers at Miller Park.

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MILWAUKEE -- Lewis Brinson continues to refine his mechanics at the plate, but the rookie center fielder has found his home run swing. Brinson crushed a three-run home run in the second inning on Saturday, but there was an all-too-familiar result for the Marlins.

Jesus Aguilar capped a 13-pitch at-bat in the ninth inning against reliever Junichi Tazawa with a walk-off home run that gave the Marlins a 6-5 loss to the Brewers at Miller Park.

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Leading off the ninth against Tazawa, Aguilar fouled off three straight full-count pitches before driving the ball over the center-field wall.

"That's a tough loss," Brinson said. "We can't put our heads down. That's when it's going to snowball, and the next thing you know, we're deeper in a hole. We've just got to keep going, keep fighting and keep going out there and playing hard and playing for each other. I think that's the biggest thing. … I think we still have a lot of fight on this team."

Aguilar called it his best-ever at-bat, saying it was his first walk-off ever: "Not even in Nintendo. I feel like a superstar right now."

"That was just a really good at-bat on his end," Marlins catcher Bryan Holaday said. "He battled off some really tough pitches, and he got the best of us."

The Marlins have dropped three straight in the four-game series at Milwaukee, but Brinson has shown glimpses of why he's a touted rookie. That was evident by his third home run of the series. He also showed he's a work in progress, though, by striking out three times.

Acquired by the Marlins from the Brewers in January as part of the Christian Yelich trade, Brinson entered the series mired in a 1-for-36 slump. But after sitting out Miami's two games prior to its four-game set in Milwaukee, he responded with two homers in the opener on Thursday, a 12-3 loss.

There was not much doubt on Brinson's homer in the second inning. The 23-year-old blistered a drive that Statcast™ projected at 406 feet with an exit velocity of 111.3 mph. It was a laser with a launch angle of 19 degrees and came on an 80.4-mph changeup from Brent Suter.

"The homer was good," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. "There's ways to go with him and his swing. Obviously, we're seeing some success with the home runs. I think for him, it's about experience and improvement and continuing to work and continuing to get better, but obviously, we're seeing some success, which is a good thing."

Video: MIA@MIL: Mattingly talks about walk-off loss, Brinson

The Marlins opened the scoring in the first inning on Derek Dietrich's one-out home run, and Brinson's three-run shot made it 4-0 before the Brewers began chipping back.

Video: MIA@MIL: Dietrich belts a home run to right-center

After the homer, Brinson acknowledged he got a little overly aggressive in his three strikeouts. In the sixth inning, he chased a pitch out of the zone after being ahead, 3-1, in the count.

"Getting antsy, trying to make something happen, trying to get on base, besides just taking my walk," Brinson said. "But I like where my swing is at. I'm seeing the ball. I want to stay right here."

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Protecting a 5-4 lead in the eighth inning, Kyle Barraclough put himself in a bind with two outs by walking Travis Shaw, who advanced to second on a wild pitch. The inning intensified when Eric Thames walked, putting runners on first and second.

Eric Sogard hit a fly ball to left field, where Dietrich and shortstop Yadiel Rivera converged, but the ball fell in despite Dietrich's final lunging effort. Shaw scored to tie the game, but Rivera prevented the go-ahead run from scoring by making a one-hop throw to the plate. Holaday fielded the ball up the third-base line and applied the tag on Thames' leg, keeping the score even at 5.

"I just caught it, tried to dive and get him if I could," Holaday said. "Luckily, we were able to get him."

Video: MIA@MIL: Rivera throws Thames out at the plate

Initially ruled an error on Dietrich, the official scorer changed it to an RBI double. Still, Dietrich accepted blame on a ball that should have been caught.

"I called the ball and I dropped it," Dietrich said. "That one's on me. Unfortunately, that [stinks] because Jose [Urena] pitched well and [Barraclough] did his job so that one's on me."

SOUND SMART
Rookie Brian Anderson recorded his fifth multi-hit game of the season, and his RBI single in the fifth inning was his first in five games. Anderson had been 1-for-16 in his previous five games.

Video: MIA@MIL: Anderson singles to right and extends lead

HE SAID IT
"You gotta do the little things right and that's everything from baserunning to defense in those situations. We did that other than catching the ball that should've been caught." -- Dietrich, on his misplay in the eighth inning

UP NEXT
The Marlins close out their four-game series at Miller Park on Sunday at 2:10 p.m. ET with left-hander Caleb Smith (0-2, 6.89 ERA) seeking his first win. Smith is off to an up-and-down start thus far depending on where he's pitched. His road ERA is 13.50, compared to 3.48 at Marlins Park. Milwaukee counters with right-hander Junior Guerra (1-0, 0.82).

Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

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Marlins hope Straily is one start from return

Right-hander will pitch Tuesday for Jacksonville; Chen progressing
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MILWAUKEE -- The Marlins are hoping to get one of their top veteran starters back soon to help stabilize their young rotation.

Dan Straily, who has been on the disabled list since the start of the season with a right forearm strain, is scheduled to make a rehab assignment start for Double-A Jacksonville on Tuesday. If that goes well, the 29-year-old right-hander could be cleared to join the Marlins.

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MILWAUKEE -- The Marlins are hoping to get one of their top veteran starters back soon to help stabilize their young rotation.

Dan Straily, who has been on the disabled list since the start of the season with a right forearm strain, is scheduled to make a rehab assignment start for Double-A Jacksonville on Tuesday. If that goes well, the 29-year-old right-hander could be cleared to join the Marlins.

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"We just want to make sure he's ready," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. "We'd love to have him back right away to bring that veteran into the rotation. With him, you know what you're going to get. But we want him to be ready and feel like he's ready to compete."

Straily has made two rehab assignment starts at Class A Advanced Jupiter, logging a combined 7 2/3 innings. On Wednesday, he threw five innings, allowing one run with six strikeouts and no walks. The right-hander threw 68 pitches (52 strikes).

"Everyone wanted to make sure he threw another one," Mattingly said. "We'll see how he comes out of that one, and hopefully we're ready to go."

Before experiencing discomfort late in Spring Training, Straily was initially scheduled to be the Marlins' No. 2 starter. In 2017, he topped the team in innings pitched (181 2/3) and starts (33). This was Straily's first trip to the disabled list in his Major League career.

The Marlins have a young, inexperienced rotation that has struggled to work deep into games. Miami starters entered Saturday's game ranked 27th in innings pitched (91), first in walks (53) and 28th in ERA (5.64).

Along with Straily, the Marlins also are hopeful Wei-Yin Chen (left elbow strain) will both be back within a couple of weeks. Chen is on a rehab assignment with Jupiter and is set to start on Sunday.

The Marlins are leaning on rookies like Trevor Richards and Dillon Peters, who lack significant big league experience.

"You're asking a lot of young guys, but that's OK," Mattingly said. "They're going to learn, and that's how they're going to get better. So it's how they're going to handle it. You talk about Dan, and Wei-Yin -- and he's throwing the ball well and keeps advancing -- those kind of guys, they've been through it."

As their young players gain experience, the Marlins are counting on their veterans to provide leadership.

"Obviously, the veteran guys are important, because they're the guys who need to show leadership, as far as how we're going to play, how we're going to prepare," Mattingly said. "We'll lean on those guys, and really, if they're not that guy, they shouldn't really be here, honestly. Our young guys have to continually learn how to grind through a year.

"There are going to be a lot of talks like these, I feel like. We're going to have to make sure we're continually resetting our club and our mindset, not getting frustrated by a two- or three-day patch. Basically get ourselves ready to play. That sounds very easy, but it's really very hard, especially when things aren't going well."

Worth noting
• Third baseman Martin Prado (left hamstring) is playing in a rehab game for Jupiter on Saturday and will be given Sunday off.

• Shortstop JT Riddle (right shoulder tendinitis) played in an extended spring training game on Saturday and won't play on Sunday.

Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

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Gallen among top prospect performers

Braves right-hander fires six dominant frames
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Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Saturday.

Kyle Wright had shown flashes of excellence early in his first Double-A campaign before putting it all together Saturday night in his finest performance as a pro.

Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Saturday.

Kyle Wright had shown flashes of excellence early in his first Double-A campaign before putting it all together Saturday night in his finest performance as a pro.

Wright, Atlanta's No. 2 prospect (No. 30 overall), turned in a career-long outing, tossing six-plus scoreless innings of one-hit ball to lead Double-A Mississippi past Mobile, 3-1. He issued two walks and struck out four, throwing 52 of his 84 pitches for strikes.

The two-out hit Wright allowed in the first inning was the only real blemish in his performance. He proceeded to retire 15 of the next 16 batters before departing the game in the seventh inning, after he had issued a leadoff walk to Matt Thaiss (Angels' No. 9). A pair of M-Braves relievers handled the final three innings to help secure Wright's first win at the Double-A level.

Wright retires 15 of 16 batters

The 2017 first-rounder (No. 5 overall pick) scuffled in his previous turn, allowing four earned runs in just one inning after posting 7 2/3 scoreless frames across his first two M-Braves starts. Overall, Wright, 22, owns a 2.45 ERA on the season, with 14 strikeouts and nine walks in 14 2/3 innings.

Austin Riley (Braves' No. 8, No. 97 overall) did his part to support Wright's cause by going 2-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI. The 21-year-old third baseman is already up to eight doubles this season in 16 games, during which he's hitting .386/.435/.754 with 11 runs scored and 14 RBIs.

The rest of the best performances from top prospects Saturday

No. 15 overall prospect Mitch Keller (Pirates' No. 1) completed a season-high seven innings to pick up his second win for Double-A Altoona. The 22-year-old right-hander wasn't at his sharpest, allowing three earned runs on six hits and three walks, though he still struck out seven and generated another eight outs on the ground. Jason Martin (No. 22) delivered his first home run, a two-run shot in the second inning, and later added a double to finish the game 3-for-4 with three runs.

No. 20 overall prospect Royce Lewis (Twins' No. 1) lifted his average from .222 to .323 for Class A Cedar Rapids behind a perfect 4-for-4 performance. The four hits, all singles, matched the 2017 No. 1 overall Draft pick's career-high mark. He also scored two runs and swiped his second base as the Kernels fell to Kane County, 9-2.

Lewis notches fourth hit

No. 25 overall prospect Brendan McKay (Rays' No. 3) fired four scoreless innings, allowing two hits and no walks with seven strikeouts in a no-decision for Class A Bowling Green. He threw 84.4 percent of his pitches (38 of 45) for strikes in the dominant performance and now owns a 2.00 ERA with 15 strikeouts and four hits allowed in nine innings (three starts) this season. At the plate, meanwhile, the two-way star is hitting .346/.546/.385 with 10 RBIs and an absurd 13-to-3 walk-to-strikeout ratio.

• There's no stopping No. 29 overall prospect Juan Soto. The Nationals' No. 2 prospect belted his fifth home run, a three-run shot, as well as his third triple as he recorded multiple hits for the fourth time in five games for Class A Hagerstown. Through 15 games, the 19-year-old outfielder is slashing .389/.507/.870 with 13 extra-base hits, 24 RBIs and more walks (15) than strikeouts (11).

Soto crushes three-run homer

No. 74 overall prospect Jon Duplantier (D-backs' No. 1) worked five strong innings as he picked up the win for Jackson in his season debut. It also marked the Double-A debut for the 23-year-old righty, who allowed two earned runs on four hits and one walk while striking out six. The 2017 MLB Pipeline Pitcher of the Year had opened the season on the disabled list with a hamstring injury.

Duplantier fans six in AA debut

No. 96 overall prospect Brandon Woodruff (Brewers' No. 3) allowed just one earned run while completing at least five innings for a third straight start for Triple-A Colorado Springs. The 25-year-old righty tallied a season-high seven strikeouts while scattering three hits with one walk in five innings. He's pitched to a 1.65 ERA in 16 1/3 innings since being demoted to Triple-A on April 7.

• After giving up a combined 19 hits in his previous two starts, Marlins No. 13 prospect Zac Gallen allowed just four hits in seven scoreless innings Saturday as Triple-A New Orleans defeated Oklahoma City, 2-0. The 22-year-old righty compiled five strikeouts against three walks in the outing while finding the strike zone with 58 of his 91 pitches. Gallen has completed at least six innings in three of his four starts this season.

Gallen strikes out five

Padres No. 11 prospect Esteury Ruiz and Tirso Ornelas (No. 14) both connected on their second home run of 2018 and collected three hits as Class A Fort Wayne defeated Dayton, 8-2. Ruiz, 19, hit a two-run shot in the sixth inning before finishing 3-for-5, while the 18-year-old Ornelas finished 3-for-4 after hitting a three-run homer in his first at-bat. Leadoff man Jeisson Rosario (No. 18) paced the TinCaps with three runs as he improved his average to .310 with his second multi-hit game in as many days.

Pirates No. 16 prospect Calvin Mitchell boosted his average to .371 with his fourth straight multi-hit game for Class A West Virginia. The 2017 second-rounder tallied his third triple this season before finishing with four hits and four RBIs, both matching his career bests. Braeden Ogle (No. 28) paced the Power on the mound, tossing six innings of one-run ball with eight strikeouts in the 13-8 victory. He allowed six hits and walked three, throwing 54 of his 87 pitches for strikes in the outing.

Red Sox No. 15 prospect Jalen Beeks piled up 10 strikeouts in six scoreless innings as Triple-A Pawtucket blanked Gwinnett, 6-0. The 24-year-old left-hander allowed two hits, two walks and hit one batter while throwing 59 of his 98 pitches for strikes. Beeks has dominated early this season, posting a 0.64 ERA with 26 strikeouts and five walks in 14 innings (three starts).

Beeks strikes out 10

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Richards struggles with control as Marlins fall

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MILWAUKEE -- Trevor Richards was in trouble early and often, but the rookie right-hander still managed to avoid the big inning. That is, until three pitches broke everything open in the fourth.

In a three-pitch span, Richards allowed an RBI triple to Christian Yelich and back-to-back home runs to Ryan Braun and Travis Shaw, as the Brewers broke things open en route to handing the Marlins an 8-0 loss on Friday at Miller Park.

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MILWAUKEE -- Trevor Richards was in trouble early and often, but the rookie right-hander still managed to avoid the big inning. That is, until three pitches broke everything open in the fourth.

In a three-pitch span, Richards allowed an RBI triple to Christian Yelich and back-to-back home runs to Ryan Braun and Travis Shaw, as the Brewers broke things open en route to handing the Marlins an 8-0 loss on Friday at Miller Park.

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"I just left some pitches up," Richards said. "They were attacking early. I left some breaking balls, some offspeed up early, and they made me pay."

In the two losses to start the four-game series at Milwaukee, the Marlins have been outscored 20-3, and for the seventh time this season, Miami has allowed eight or more runs.

"Obviously, we haven't scored and didn't score tonight," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. "Last night, there was some sort of attack, but it's really more about the pitching for us. Tonight, we get in trouble early, a lot of pitches early, a lot of deep counts early into areas of the bullpen you don't want to get into at all, but obviously, we're not into that ballgame long enough."

Making his fourth big league start, Richards was in trouble from the start. The 24-year-old walked three and allowed a run in a 39-pitch first inning, seeing 12 pitches fouled off.

"We threw a lot of pitches early," Richards said. "After that first and second inning, I knew I needed to get in the zone and make adjustments. My offspeed just wasn't there tonight."

Richards walked six after combining for five in his first three starts. It was a two-out free pass he issued to Lorenzo Cain in the fourth inning that set up the five-run frame. After losing Cain, Yelich jumped a changeup for an RBI triple, Braun connected on a slider for his home run and Shaw's shot to right was on a four-seam fastball.

"It started with Cain and Yelich," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. "[Cain's] at-bat in the fourth inning, it was two outs, nobody on. He's down in the count, two strikes, and he battles a walk. All of a sudden, we've got a five-spot up here. We made it tough on the opposing guy."

Richards didn't make it through the fourth, exiting after 102 pitches (61 strikes). He allowed six runs (five earned) on six walks and five hits over 3 ⅔ innings.

Tayron Guerrero relieved Richards and struck out four over 1 1/3 innings while allowing one walk. Guerrero threw four fastballs that Statcast™ had at 100-plus mph, with a high of 100.4 mph.

Video: MIA@MIL: Guerrero strikes out Cain, side in 5th

"I was all over the zone," Richards said. "Mechanics, and rushing, and just little things like that. I was throwing the ball not where I wanted it. Obviously, it showed. I threw a lot of balls early. I was able to get out of it [in the first], which was good. But I just needed to do that earlier."

SOUND SMART
You can say J.B. Shuck was hustling down the line on his infield single in the fifth inning. In fact, the Miami right fielder was motoring. According to Statcast™, Shuck's sprint speed to first base was 29.9 feet per second, which is on the border of elite status. From home to first, Shuck was at 3.97 seconds. Anything below 4 seconds on a non-bunt is especially impressive.

Video: MIA@MIL: Shuck beats out a grounder for a hit in 5th

YOU GOTTA SEE THIS
By the time he stepped into the box with one out in the fifth inning, Brewers right-hander Jhoulys Chacin saw enough to know he wasn't about to dig in against Guerrero. The towering 6-foot-8 right-hander with the 100 mph fastball had just struck out Jett Bandy, and with one out and with a six-run lead, Chacin stood far back in the batters' box. His heels almost touched the third-base side of the batter's box, and on each Guerrero pitch, the Brewers pitcher backed up even more.

The first pitch hummed in at 99.4 mph for a ball. Seeing that Chacin wasn't about to swing, Guerrero grooved the next two fastballs for strikes -- 95.4 mph and 95.9 mph. Guerrero then buzzed a 99.7 mph fastball that Chacin took for strike three.

Video: MIA@MIL: Guerrero freezes Chacin with 100-mph heater

HE SAID IT
"It's pretty bad right now. We have to find a way to start playing better, overall. We're not going to win games if we don't score runs. Even with Trevor fighting for outs early in the game, he fights through the first couple of innings. We have to find a way to score runs. Even if we throw a one-run game, we're not going to win if we don't score." -- shortstop Miguel Rojas, on the Marlins' recent struggles

ROJAS 'OK' AFTER DIVE
The Marlins avoided potential disaster in the first inning on Cain's lead-off infield single. On the play, Rojas ranged to his left and dove. He collected the ball but didn't make a throw. For a second, Rojas collected himself to make sure his left shoulder was fine.

In recent years, Rojas has missed time due to left shoulder injuries. Saturday was one of the few times he tested the shoulder by leaving his feet.

"It's OK," Rojas said. "I just dove and landed a little funny right there. But the rest of the game was fine. I haven't had the opportunity to dive too much."

Rojas said he is positioning himself a little more up the middle to avoid diving to his left, which has caused him the most trouble.

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Jose Urena, the Marlins' Opening Day starter, will be making his fifth start on Saturday at 7:10 p.m. ET at Miller Park, and the right-hander seeks his first win. This also is his first road start. This will be his second start, and sixth appearance, against the Brewers. Milwaukee counters with lefty Brent Suter.

Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

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Marlins lose reliever Despaigne to DL

Wittgren recalled to bolster beleaguered bullpen
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MILWAUKEE -- For the second straight day, a Marlins reliever has been placed on the disabled list. On Friday, Odrisamer Despaigne was placed on the 10-day DL with a right forearm strain, and right-hander Nick Wittgren was recalled from Triple-A New Orleans.

The transaction was expected after Despaigne was replaced in the sixth inning of Miami's 12-3 loss on Thursday to the Brewers at Miller Park. Miami currently has nine players on the disabled list.

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MILWAUKEE -- For the second straight day, a Marlins reliever has been placed on the disabled list. On Friday, Odrisamer Despaigne was placed on the 10-day DL with a right forearm strain, and right-hander Nick Wittgren was recalled from Triple-A New Orleans.

The transaction was expected after Despaigne was replaced in the sixth inning of Miami's 12-3 loss on Thursday to the Brewers at Miller Park. Miami currently has nine players on the disabled list.

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On Thursday, reliever Chris O'Grady also went on the DL with a left shoulder strain.

"It's good to get Nick back," manager Don Mattingly said. "We felt like we'd get him back at some point. We were trying to get him built to multiple innings down there, and were taking that slow. But, obviously, with Odrisamer going down last night, he was really the guy."

Wittgren projects to help bridge innings from the starter to the Marlins' late relief and throw multiple innings.

Despaigne started the season as the Marlins' No. 3 starter, but he made just one start before going to the bullpen. The right-hander hadn't been sharp in his last three outings, giving up five runs over 3 2/3 innings. For the season, he has a 6.14 ERA in 14 2/3 innings.

Wittgren, 26, opened the season at New Orleans after he was building up in Spring Training from surgery to remove a bone chip from his throwing elbow last September.

"We brought him slowly, because we wanted to build him slowly, from the medical department," Mattingly said. "Obviously, with the surgery, and the rehab all winter, really there were no issues all the spring. It was a matter of building him up. There's no days in there you had to stop him or shut him down. We feel like he can compete here."

In seven appearances at New Orleans, Wittgren has had his struggles, posting a 10.13 ERA in 5 1/3 innings, including two home runs.

"I've been working on command and off-speed stuff," Wittgren said. "My Spring Training was a lot shorter than other guys. I'm getting back in the swing of things."

Wittgren last pitched in the big leagues on July 26 at Texas, working two-thirds of an inning, and he went on the disabled list the next day.

"I'm ready, and I'm ready to help out," Wittgren said. "I have almost 100 innings up here, I know what it takes. I know what I have to do up here to help out, and pitch for these guys. When I get out there, I just have to execute."

Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

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Brinson hits 1st 2 Marlins HRs vs. former club

Milwaukee sent outfielder to Miami in January deal for Yelich
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MILWAUKEE -- All Lewis Brinson needed to snap out of his slump was a matchup against his former club. In his first two at-bats at Miller Park on Thursday, Brinson crushed a pair of home runs, but it wasn't nearly enough in the Marlins' 12-3 loss.

Back in Milwaukee for the first time since being traded in the Christian Yelich deal in January, Brinson connected on his first two home runs of the season, both off right-hander Chase Anderson to center field. The first was a solo shot in the third inning, and the second a two-run drive in the fifth.

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MILWAUKEE -- All Lewis Brinson needed to snap out of his slump was a matchup against his former club. In his first two at-bats at Miller Park on Thursday, Brinson crushed a pair of home runs, but it wasn't nearly enough in the Marlins' 12-3 loss.

Back in Milwaukee for the first time since being traded in the Christian Yelich deal in January, Brinson connected on his first two home runs of the season, both off right-hander Chase Anderson to center field. The first was a solo shot in the third inning, and the second a two-run drive in the fifth.

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"I came back to a place I played last year," Brinson said. "I had a little chip on my shoulder, a little bit. I wish we could have gotten the win, but that feels good. I was in a good place tonight, and hopefully, I can keep it going."

Brinson's second home run temporarily gave the Marlins a 3-2 lead, but the Brewers responded quickly off Dillon Peters. Lorenzo Cain homered to lead off the fifth, and Peters didn't make it through the inning. Milwaukee scored three in the fifth and seven in the sixth, preventing any realistic shot of the Marlins winning their second straight game for the first time this year.

"I didn't get ahead early, and I threw that 3-1 changeup and [Cain is] sitting on offspeed," Peters said. "I felt comfortable throwing it, and he took it for a ride."

Video: MIA@MIL: Peters strikes out Perez swinging

For Brinson, Thursday was a breakthrough. His homer in the third inning was a no-doubt laser that traveled a projected 429 feet, according to Statcast™, with an exit velocity of 113.5 mph off a 94-mph fastball. With a 19 degree launch angle, it ties for the sixth-lowest on a home run this season in the Majors.

"I hadn't hit a ball hard like that in a while," Brinson said. "Everybody knew it, and so did I. It felt good."

In the fifth, Brinson jumped on an 88-mph cutter on the first pitch of the at-bat and put the ball over the center-field wall, again, for his second clout of the night.

A couple of days off to work on Brinson's swing produced immediate results. Because he entered the road trip in a 1-for-36 rut, Marlins manager Don Mattingly didn't start Brinson either of Miami's two games on Monday and Tuesday at Yankee Stadium. While in New York, Brinson talked with Mattingly and hitting coaches Mike Pagliarulo and Frank Menechino about letting pitches travel deeper in the strike zone and looking to use the middle of the field.

"I was happy with my approach tonight," Brinson said. "I stuck with it. I told myself to trust it all day. I told myself to come in here and trust my abilities. I know I belong up here, and I was just happy with the result."

Video: MIA@MIL: Statcast™ measures Brinson's first Marlins HR

It's the first multi-homer game of Brinson's career, but it's not like he's had many chances, having hit two home runs in 21 games for the Brewers in 2017.

"His work has been good, his [batting practice] is getting better," Mattingly said. "There's still a ways to go, but we'll take what we had tonight. Obviously, we see progress with him staying on the ball longer. It was good tonight, and hopefully this is the start of something bigger for him."

Video: MIA@MIL: Mattingly talks Brinson, tough 12-3 loss

DESPAIGNE RIGHT FOREARM STRAIN
Odrisamer Despaigne, Miami's most versatile pitcher, was replaced in the sixth inning after sustaining a right forearm strain. With the count 2-2 on Cain, Despaigne, pitching for the first time since April 14, showed some sign of discomfort and was immediately tended to by the Marlins' coaching and training staffs. He was replaced by Junichi Tazawa, who was tagged for an RBI double by Cain on his first pitch. Despaigne was charged with two runs on three hits over two-thirds of an inning, and Tazawa was charged with six runs that blew the game open for Milwaukee.

Video: MIA@MIL: Despaigne leaves with right forearm strain

"I first felt it tight when I was warming up in the bullpen, I tried to keep going with it," Despaigne said. "When the game started, it's when I started to feel the pain."

After starting the season in the Marlins' rotation, Despaigne was moved into a relief role after one shaky start on March 31 against the Cubs. He has a 6.14 ERA through eight appearances.

SOUND SMART
Merandy Gonzalez, ranked by MLB Pipeline as the Marlins' No. 15 prospect, made his Major League debut on Thursday. In the seventh inning, Cain became the right-hander's first big league strikeout. Gonzalez, who was called up on Thursday before the game, worked two scoreless innings.

Video: MIA@MIL: Gonzalez K's Cain for first career strikeout

HE SAID IT
"We attacked them with the game plan that we had. You can't get hung up on those calls that are either balls or strikes or strikes or balls. Just get to the next batter, the next pitch and get through the rest of the inning." -- Peters, on his pitching through some questionable balls and strikes calls

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Trevor Richards seeks his first big league win, and he aims to get it in the city he once had an offseason, winter job. Richards, about a year and a half ago, worked in the guest relations department at the MillerCoors Brewery near Miller Park. On Friday at 8:10 p.m. ET, the 24-year-old right-hander makes his fourth career start. Milwaukee counters with right-hander Jhoulys Chacin.

Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

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Miller among top prospect performers

Cubs' No. 1 makes impressive Triple-A debut
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Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Friday.

Adbert Alzolay's 2018 season got off to a late start, but his debut with Triple-A Iowa was certainly worth the wait.

Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Friday.

Adbert Alzolay's 2018 season got off to a late start, but his debut with Triple-A Iowa was certainly worth the wait.

After suffering an ankle injury in Spring Training, Alzolay began the 2018 campaign in extended spring training, but he was added to the Iowa roster on Friday and was lights out in a win over Nashville.

The 23-year-old, who fired 50 of his 75 pitches for strikes, was perfect through four innings and carried a no-hitter into the sixth before giving up a solo homer. However, Alzolay was able to limit the damage as that was the only run he surrendered.

Video: Top Prospects: Adbert Alzolay, RHP, Cubs

The right-hander finished the sixth and was lifted after striking out six and giving up the one run on two hits.

Other top prospect performances from Friday's action:

No. 3 overall prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Blue Jays' No. 1) and No. 13 Bo Bichette (Blue Jays' No. 2) provided all of the offense for Double-A New Hampshire in a loss to Reading. Guerrero went 0-for-4 at the plate, but he drove in two runs via groundouts, while Bichette, who also drove in a pair, collected two hits a day after his 10-game hitting streak came to a close.

• No. 25 overall prospect Brendan McKay (Rays' No. 3) broke out of his slump and collected a career-high four RBIs in Class A Bowling Green's win over Lake County. McKay, who had been hitless over his past four games (11 at-bats), went 2-for-4, including RBI hits in the seventh and eighth.

Video: Top Prospects: Brendan McKay, 1B, Rays

• No. 55 overall prospect Matt Manning (Tigers' No. 2) got off to a particularly fast start in his 2018 debut with Class A West Michigan. Manning, a first-round pick from the 2016 Draft, struck out nine batters over the first three innings, including eight in a row, and ultimately finished with 10, a career high. However, after cruising through three innings, Manning ran into trouble in the fourth and was lifted after giving up three runs on two hits and three walks in 3 2/3 innings.

Manning notches 10th K

• No. 62 overall prospect Jo Adell (Angels' No. 2) and Brandon Marsh (Angels' No. 5) were at the center of Class A Burlington's offensive explosion in a 28-7 win over Quad Cities. The duo, hitting third and fourth in the Bees' lineup, combined to go 6-for-11 with 15 RBIs and six runs scored. Adell went 4-for-6 with a double, a grand slam and eight RBIs, while Marsh drove in seven and also hit a grand slam in a 2-for-5 effort.

Athletics' No. 6 prospect Austin Beck hit his first homer of the season and posted another multi-hit performance, going 2-for-5 with three RBIs for Class A Beloit. Beck, the A's first-round pick from 2017, has an RBI in three straight games and five hits in his past 10 at-bats.

Brewers No. 4 prospect Lucas Erceg pushed his average to .362 and set a season high with four hits (4-for-5) in Double-A Biloxi's win over Mobile. The 22-year-old also drove in four runs via a solo homer in the first, a two-run single in the fifth and a base hit in the eighth.

Video: Top Prospects: Lucas Erceg, 3B, Brewers

Cardinals No. 25 prospect Johan Oviedo spun his best start of the season for Class A Peoria. After giving up nine runs in five innings over his first two starts, Oviedo threw six scoreless in a win over Wisconsin. The right-hander struggled with command -- walking five -- but notched eight strikeouts and gave up just three hits.

Indians No. 20 prospect Eric Haase extended his hitting streak to five games with his first homer of the season, a three-run blast, in the first inning of Triple-A Columbus' loss to Rochester. Haase, who is batting .341 through 11 games, added a pair of singles later in the game, finishing 3-for-4.

Nationals No. 4 prospect Erick Fedde lowered his ERA to 1.80 with his second scoreless start for Triple-A Syracuse. Fedde, who yielded just two hits, retired 11 of the first 12 batters he faced as he cruised through five scoreless frames. The 25-year-old threw 40 of his 75 pitches for strikes, walked one and struck out seven.

Video: Top Prospects: Erick Fedde, RHP, Nationals

Marlins No. 11 prospect Brian Miller matched his career high with four hits for Class A Advanced Jupiter. Batting atop the Hammerheads order, Miller, who went 4-for-5, has hits in 11 of the 13 games he's played and is slashing .311/.354/.361.

Phillies No. 23 prospect McKenzie Mills put together another strong start for Class A Advanced Clearwater. The 22-year-old lefty gave up one run on three hits over seven innings and has now fanned 10 and given up two runs over his past 13 frames (two starts).

William Boor is a reporter for MLB Pipeline. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor.

Yelich, Brinson see familiar faces in Milwaukee

Outfielders involved in January trade adjusting to new clubs
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MILWAUKEE -- The trio of former Marlins teammates braved an April snowstorm to meet at Milwaukee's downtown Capital Grille. Wednesday's dinner was the first reunion of Christian Yelich, J.T. Realmuto and Justin Bour since the blockbuster trade that sent Yelich to the Brewers in January.

A few blocks away, Lewis Brinson looked out his hotel room window. Brinson, one of the Brewers prospects who went the other direction in that deal, had people to see, too. But he decided to wait a day.

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MILWAUKEE -- The trio of former Marlins teammates braved an April snowstorm to meet at Milwaukee's downtown Capital Grille. Wednesday's dinner was the first reunion of Christian Yelich, J.T. Realmuto and Justin Bour since the blockbuster trade that sent Yelich to the Brewers in January.

A few blocks away, Lewis Brinson looked out his hotel room window. Brinson, one of the Brewers prospects who went the other direction in that deal, had people to see, too. But he decided to wait a day.

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"I wasn't going nowhere last night," Brinson said with a laugh.

There were handshakes and hugs for both players on Thursday, when the Brewers and Marlins met under the dome at Miller Park for the start of a four-game series.

It's too early to analyze the trade, in part because the Marlins made the deal with the future in mind, and because this season has not begun the way Yelich nor Brinson would have liked. Brinson, who spent a season and a half as the Brewers' top prospect and made his Major League debut for Milwaukee last June, entered his homecoming in a 1-for-36 funk. Yelich has spent most of his first three weeks of his regular-season Brewers tenure on the disabled list with a right oblique injury.

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Yelich returned to Milwaukee's lineup on Wednesday against the Reds, boosting his early-season on-base percentage to .452 with a hit and a pair of walks while making a circus catch in his first start in center field for the Brewers. A day later, he spent time amid a gaggle of Marlins stretching on the field while Milwaukee finished batting practice.

"I'm obviously close with some of the guys over there," Yelich said. "We've been through some stuff. But I don't see it being any different or feeling any different during the games. It will be business as usual."

Video: Yelich discusses on his return to the Brewers' lineup

The Marlins are catching the Brewers on the back end of a spate of injuries. Yelich's oblique was the biggest setback so far, but Eric Thames (groin), Ryan Braun (back) and primary catcher Manny Pina have also missed games for a team that entered the series 26th in the Majors with 3.37 runs per game. Pina will miss the series, but Thames and Yelich are back and Braun is getting close, having taken batting practice on Thursday.

"It's been tough on us with injuries," Yelich said. "That's part of baseball season. It's going to happen. It just happened for us out of the gate. But I think we did a good job of being able to weather it and getting through it as best we could."

Brinson is also getting through it, and he took a big step forward on Thursday. After not starting either of the Marlins' games on Monday and Tuesday at Yankee Stadium, Brinson hit a pair of home runs to center field off Brewers starter Chase Anderson in his first two at-bats of the series opener.

Video: MIA@MIL: Statcast™ measures Brinson's first Marlins HR

"Obviously, I was over there last year, and now, I'm with a different team," Brinson said before the game. "Same mindset, kind of thing. Go out there, play hard, play my game. Get it going a little bit and help my team win.

"It's going to be good playing against some guys I played with last year, but at the same time, when you step between those lines, it's time to battle. I look forward to that."

Video: MIA@MIL: Lewis Brinson discusses his recent struggles

Even with Brinson's struggles, the Marlins are giving their top prospect every chance to succeed without being optioned to the Minors.

Last Friday, before the Marlins faced the Mets in Miami, Derek Jeter, the team's chief executive officer, watched batting practice from the field. Brinson spoke briefly with Jeter.

"Just keep swinging. It will come," Brinson said Jeter told him. "'There's a reason why you're up here' type of conversation. He has total confidence in me, and obviously, a great guy to talk to. Him being the figure he is, just to have him around, around the cage and speaking to us, and being very open about everything, it means a lot. His words are very encouraging. He told me to keep swinging."

While Brinson works on adjustments with Miami, Yelich is making them in snowy Milwaukee.

"It's been a little different from Miami or Southern California, where I grew up," Yelich said. "But it's been a fun and unique experience. People are saying it doesn't usually snow this much this time of year. Luckily, we have the dome."

Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy and like him on Facebook.

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Marlins call up Gonzalez; O'Grady put on DL

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MILWAUKEE -- Merandy Gonzalez, one of the Marlins' top pitching prospects, was called up from Double-A Jacksonville on Thursday to provide depth in the bullpen.

Ranked by MLB Pipeline as the Marlins' No. 15 prospect, Gonzalez is getting his first big league callup because Chris O'Grady was placed on the 10-day disabled list Thursday with a left shoulder strain.

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MILWAUKEE -- Merandy Gonzalez, one of the Marlins' top pitching prospects, was called up from Double-A Jacksonville on Thursday to provide depth in the bullpen.

Ranked by MLB Pipeline as the Marlins' No. 15 prospect, Gonzalez is getting his first big league callup because Chris O'Grady was placed on the 10-day disabled list Thursday with a left shoulder strain.

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Gonzalez threw two scoreless innings in his Major League debut on Thursday night, as the Marlins fell, 12-3, to the Brewers.

With O'Grady on the DL, the Marlins don't have a left-hander in their bullpen. Gonzalez, who is being groomed to start, will fill a bullpen role.

"Merandy, for now, will be in that [long-relief] role," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said.

Tyler Cloyd and Gonzalez are now the Marlins' two primary long relievers. But Cloyd, who threw 87 pitches in relief on Monday in a 12-1 loss at the Yankees, won't be available for a few more days.

"We think [Gonzalez], obviously, is a starter," Mattingly said. "He was starting in Double-A. He seemed like the right guy for us right now. Obviously, there were other options. But right now, he will be throwing early, kind of like Jarlin [Garcia] was doing earlier in the season. If somebody gets in trouble early, you have a chance for a longer outing."

Garcia opened the season in long relief, but has since moved into the rotation.

The Marlins acquired Gonzalez from the Mets last July in the AJ Ramos trade. In two starts at Jacksonville, Gonzalez was 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA, logging 10 innings with seven strikeouts and four walks.

"When I got the call, it was one of the more emotional moments of my career," Gonzalez said. "It's been five years since I've wanted to get the call and be up here. It was a great moment."

After joining the Marlins' system last season, Gonzalez threw 24 1/3 innings with a 1.11 ERA in five appearances (three starts) for Class A Advanced Jupiter.

Gonzalez was with the big league club in Spring Training, but the intention was to get him to Double-A so he could work as a starter.

"One of the biggest thing I was working on was controlling the inside part of the zone," Gonzalez said. "If you can control that area, you really aren't giving the hitters much chance to have success. That as well as working on my breaking pitches."

O'Grady has a 6.43 ERA with seven strikeouts in eight appearances over seven innings. He last appeared on Monday in a 12-1 loss at the Yankees. O'Grady returned to Miami and is being evaluated by team physician, Dr. Lee Kaplan.

Video: MIA@PHI: O'Grady strikes out Herrera swinging

Not having a left-handed option in the bullpen is not ideal, but Mattingly said that the call was made to get the best fits at this time.

"I'd like to have three," Mattingly said. "But right now, we don't have one. It's always tough without the lefty. It makes it harder for you. We've always said we'd rather have the best guy out there than a lefty just because he's a lefty."

Worth noting
Wei-Yin Chen (left elbow) made his first rehab start for Jupiter on Tuesday. He allowed one run over 2 2/3 innings and struck out four. Chen was set to throw a bullpen session on Thursday and is expected to make another rehab start.

Martin Prado (left hamstring) started his rehab assignment and is scheduled to play six innings at third base for Jupiter on Thursday.

Dan Straily (right forearm strain) threw five innings in a rehab start on Wednesday for Jupiter and will be evaluated on where he will next pitch.

• Shortstop JT Riddle (right shoulder tendinitis) is expected to play three innings at shortstop on Friday in an extended spring training game.

Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

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