For pitcher Kevin Slowey, the disappointment of the Marlins’ 2-1 loss to Philadelphia on Sunday and a 2-10 start was put into perspective. "Our season may not be how we want it to be as we look at it right now, but I think we have some bigger things to worry about," Slowey said. Slowey was talking about his friend and teammate Austin Kearns, who was kept overnight at the University of Miami hospital Sunday after being admitted because of an irregular heartbeat.
Norman Berman, 84, said he put down his walking cane last week to practice throwing a baseball in his West Palm Beach backyard. It was rehearsal for Berman, who threw out the first pitch Monday night before the Marlins’ game against the Washington Nationals in honor of Jackie Robinson Day.
He’s the Marlins’ brightest beam of light (see: hope) in an otherwise dark start to a baseball season. Jose Fernandez is making the move from Class A competition to the majors – beautifully, so far – after being dominant in Greensboro and Jupiter last season while going a combined 14-1 with a 1.75 ERA as batters hit .191 against him.
It’s too early to panic about the Miami Marlins and the reason is simple. There is no appropriate time to panic about this team, whether it’s early in the year or late in the year or smack dab in the middle of what could turn out to be the least-competitive season in the history of a franchise that seems only to exist in the extreme.
The Marlins did generate a run off one of the toughest left-handers in the National League on Wednesday. But they weren't able to do much more off Ross Detwiler, who was brilliant and efficient over seven innings. A night after logging a season high for runs, Miami was silenced by Detwiler, who allowed one run with five strikeouts in the Nationals' 6-1 victory in front of 22,302 at Marlins Park.
Adeiny Hechavarria was the latest to join the Marlins' disabled list when he was placed on the 15-day DL on Thursday with a right elbow contusion. Injuries keep sidetracking a young club looking to establish continuity. Replacing Hechavarria on the active roster is veteran Nick Green, who had his contract selected from Triple-A New Orleans. Because its 40-man roster was already at its maximum, Miami created space for Green by transferring right-hander Nathan Eovaldi to the 60-day disabled list. Eovaldi, initially projected to be the No. 2 starter, opened the season on the 15-day DL with right shoulder inflammation.
All-Star outfielder Giancarlo Stanton, who missed six games with a bruised left shoulder, is set to return to the Marlins' lineup on Thursday against the Reds. "It's feeling all right -- good enough to be in there," Stanton said before taking the field to stretch. "It's not 100 percent, but it's ready to go."
Around The League
Wednesday's Bruins game was far from normal. In the first sporting event in the city since Monday's Marathon, heightened security, inspirational messages and an emotional national anthem dominated the night as Boston showed its strength.
The Breaking Barriers program, initiated in 1997, has sought to educate people while keeping the memory of Jackie Robinson alive. The 2013 Breaking Barriers: In Sports, In Life essay contest drew a record 18,700 submissions, and Major League Baseball announced the winners Thursday.
Nobody apparently told Miguel Cabrera about the stresses of the big three-oh. It came up Tuesday night after a seemingly effortless swing at an Aaron Harang fastball well off the plate sent a home run over the center-field fence. He officially reached 30 on Thursday.
Padres president and CEO Tom Garfinkel apologized on Thursday for comments that he made recently about Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke's intention to hit Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin with a pitch that precipitated a benches-clearing incident and for drawing a comparison between Greinke's social anxiety disorder and autism.
The Yankees will be without Derek Jeter until at least the All-Star break, as the team announced on Thursday that a CT scan revealed a small fracture in the shortstop's surgically repaired left ankle.
At Fish Stripes
The Miami Marlins are ready to put Giancarlo Stanton back in the lineup after missing six games with a bruised left shoulder, but with his return comes news that Adeiny Hechavarria may be out with an injured elbow and may miss the team's road trip.
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