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Slowey leaves with injury; Marlins running out of All-Star candidates

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

Kevin Slowey left Wednesday's start with a lat problem.(USATSI)
Kevin Slowey left Wednesday's start with a lat problem. (USATSI)

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Marlins right-hander Kevin Slowey was removed from Wednesday's start against the Phillies with a left lat strain. Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post says the right-hander is day-to-day.

Slowey, 29, allowed one run in five innings while striking out six before leaving with the injury. He came into the game with an ugly 1-4 record but a solid 3.44 ERA. Slowey did not pitch in the big leagues at all in 2012 after spending five years with the Twins.

Although this injury seems minor, it shows just how few legitimate MLB-caliber players the Marlins currently have on the roster. With Giancarlo Stanton out for several weeks with a hamstring injury, Slowey stands out as best candidate for the team's mandated All-Star representative. Other candidates:

  • OF Justin Ruggiano: .219/.301/.418 with seven homers, leads non-Stanton players in HR, RBI, OPS.
  • RHP Ricky Nolasco: 3-5 with a 3.96 ERA. He's the most recognizable player on the team.
  • RHP Ryan Webb: 2.08 ERA and 0.96 WHIP in 26 relief innings.
  • LHP Mike Dunn: 1.74 ERA and 1.21 WHIP in 20 2/3 relief innings.

I'd take Slowey over those four, but this is still a weak crop. There's no surprise why the Marlins came into Wednesday tied with the Astros for the worst record in baseball at 13-33

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