Steckenrider (right elbow) out for season
Right-hander Lopez closing in on return
MIAMI – Upon consulting Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion, it was recommended that righty Drew Steckenrider have his right elbow scoped, a procedure that was performed Friday. The Marlins announced prior to Friday’s game that Steckenrider will miss the remainder of the season.
“We were hopeful we [wouldn’t] get to that,” said Marlins manager Don Mattingly. “Obviously he was coming back throwing, throwing pens, he threw in a game, and the soreness came back. So then we got the second opinion and did a little cleanup in there.”
In his third Major League season, Steckenrider appeared in 15 games in relief for Miami (0-2, 6.28 ERA) before being placed first on the 10-day injured list May 8 and then transferred to the 60-day IL on May 11 for a flexor strain in his right forearm.
The bright side, if there is one, is that it wasn’t any more serious than that.
“I’m sure Steck was thrilled that’s what it ended up being,” Mattingly said. “So it puts him on a track of recovering from this [and] then pretty much probably a full winter of being able to get him ready.”
Steckenrider is 5-7 with the Marlins (3.72 ERA) spanning 123 career appearances, all in relief.
Lopez throws bullpen, nears rehab assignment
Right-hander Pablo López threw a bullpen session prior to Friday’s game against Atlanta, but his return will still take some time.
“I think the biggest sense that we’ve been able to get from Pablo is that we’ve got to get him into game mode,” Mattingly said. “He knows he’s working on things, trying to get the same feeling back that he had right before he left. Sometimes that’s hard to do [to] try to get people out. So we’ve just kind of encouraged him to [concentrate on], ‘Let’s get back to getting people out.’”
Lopez was 2-0 with a 1.89 ERA in three June starts before being placed on the 10-day injured list June 19 with a right shoulder strain.
“He was just starting to roll,” Mattingly said. “Trying to get that same feeling back while you’re trying to recover and get back to the big leagues is not always the best way. So we’re just trying to encourage him to just go compete.”
Mattingly added that Lopez is healthy and not having any issues after he throws, including a 60-plus-pitch rehab assignment with another 10 pitches in the bullpen.
“So he’s getting built up. He’s just hasn’t had the type of success that he wants,” Mattingly said.
The next step for Lopez is another bullpen session and then a Minor League rehab start.
Lopez is 7-9 with a 4.19 ERA in 24 starts over two seasons with the Marlins.
The Marlins on Friday placed right-hander Tayron Guerrero (torn nail, right middle finger) on the 10-day injured list and recalled righty Tyler Kinley from Triple-A New Orleans. On Thursday, Kinley was optioned to the Minor League club when right-hander Austin Brice was recalled from rehab and reinstated from the 10-day IL.