Marlins place reliever Wittgren on DL

Despaigne recalled from Triple-A; Prado undergoes knee surgery

July 28th, 2017

MIAMI -- A barrage of injuries just keeps coming for the Marlins. Miami placed right-handed reliever Nick Wittgren on the 10-day disabled list, while underwent successful arthroscopic knee surgery on Friday.

The good news for both Prado and Wittgren, dealing with a right elbow strain due to fatigue, is that they're both expected to play again this season.

"We expect him to play again this season," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said of Prado, who has been on the DL since sustaining a strained right knee on July 18.

Wittgren's stint is more precautionary. The right-hander received an MRI on Friday and said his elbow has been feeling fatigued for a while now, which nearly caused injury in Wednesday's outing at Texas.

Because of the tired elbow, Wittgren tried overcompensating by using his lower half more. He nearly rolled his ankle and hyperextended his knee a bit. He yielded three runs on three hits and walked a pair in 2/3 innings.

"It's just all because I was trying to use my legs more rather than the arm to get through it," Wittgren said.

In 38 appearances, Wittgren has posted a 4.68 ERA and 9.1 strikeouts per nine innings.

Wittgren joins relievers and on the shelf, leaving the Marlins' bullpen looking for options. They already dealt setup man to the Mariners. Mattingly noted he'll likely use later in games.

In Wittgren's absence, the club recalled from Triple-A New Orleans. The right-hander will serve in 's long-relief role while Worley is in the rotation. With the Zephyrs, Despaigne went 2-4 with a 3.09 ERA in 70 innings. In a stint this season with the Marlins, he gave up 10 runs (five earned) over 5 2/3 frames.

"Rubber arm. He's got good stuff," Mattingly said. "He's a guy you'll see early or late."

Riddle to receive second MRI

Shortstop JT Riddle will get a second opinion and receive a second MRI on Monday. He met with team physician Dr. Lee Kaplan already, but Riddle said the initial MRI was a bit inconclusive.

Riddle, who had been the club's everyday shortstop, is on the 10-day DL with left biceps tendinitis. He said the injury is getting better, but it still bothers him.

"Scale of one to 10? Probably a six right now," Riddle said of his concern level. "That could change Monday depending on what I hear."