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Nolasco to the DL

Ricky is going back on the DL.

Pitcher Ricky Nolasco has battled right elbow inflammation most of the season and has not been right since coming off the disabled list May 1. He returned to the DL Saturday.

Nolasco's velocity was down the past two starts and he requested an MRI after Thursday's loss in Pittsburgh. The exam showed inflammation. Nolasco will not throw for about two weeks before a decision is made on his rehab.

Nolasco is 1-2 with a 4.50 ERA in four starts since returning from his first stint on the DL. He averaged just five innings per start.

To take Nolasco's spot on the roster the Marlins called up Justin Miller from the Isotopes.

The Marlins selected right-handed reliever Justin Miller from Triple-A Albuquerque to take Nolasco's roster spot.

Miller, who has not pitched in the majors since 2005 with the Blue Jays, appeared in 11 games with the Isotopes (12 innings) and went 0-0 with a 1.50 ERA, four walks, 20 strikeouts, six saves and a .196 opponents' batting average. He started the season with Triple-A Ottawa in the Phillies organization and was released after three appearances.

Bench coach Carlos Tosca, who managed Miller in Toronto, and third-base coach Bo Porter, a former teammate, both recommended him.

Miller, 29, is best known for his body art. His is so thoroughly tattooed that opposing hitters complained about his colorful arms being a distraction. The "Justin Miller Rule" requires him to wear sleeves.

Miller will join the bullpen and he should be a good addition.  Who will take over Ricky's spot in the rotation has yet to be determined.  The Marlins have a day off tomorrow, so a fifth starter will not be necessary until May 26.

Justin Miller's career stats

Miller's 2007 Isotopes stats.