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Fish Bites: Miami Marlins' Rafael Furcal begins rehab assignment

After several setbacks, Miami Marlins second baseman Rafael Furcal began his rehab assignment Thursday with Single-A Jupiter. Plus links on Steve Cishek, Henderson Alvarez, and Giancarlo Stanton.

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-Andrew Heaney Seems to be Ready, Marlins Must Call Him Up Now - Marlin Maniac - A Miami Marlins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Fate more often than design is how decisions are made, people, organizations even governments best laid plans are put aside by contingency. The Marlins were forced to call up Jose Fernandez because of the spate of injuries that inflicted the Marlins late in Spring Training. Now Fernandez himself is the one who is injured and that will force the Marlins coaching and front office to make a decision. Is it the right time to call up much touted lefty prospect Andrew Heaney?

-Marlins Promotion: Cuban Heritage Night - Marlin Maniac - A Miami Marlins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

On May 24, 2014 the Marlins had Cuban Heritage Night at Marlins Park. Like last year’s Cuban Heritage Night, I had to attend. This quite possibly is one of the best promotions the Marlins have.

-Henderson Alvarez leaves Wednesday's game with elbow stiffness | Fish Bytes

The Marlins could be down another starting pitcher. Henderson Alvarez, who tossed a no-hitter to end the 2013 season and was slotted as the team's No. 3 starter behind Jose Fernandez and Nathan Eovaldi, was taken out after five shutout innings Wednesday because of stiffness in his right elbow. The Marlins say Alvarez was removed for precautionary reasons.

-Alvarez, Marlins don't believe his arm stiffness is serious | Fish Bytes

Henderson Alvarez and the Marlins seem to think his stiff throwing arm, which caused him to exit Wednesday's 8-5 10-inning win over the Nationals after just five innings, isn't a serious injury. "My arm was tight, a little tight," Alvarez explained after the game as he and teammates were huddled by TVs watching the end of the Heat-Pacers playoff game. "From the time I went out to the mound, from the beginning I felt it… [but] I’ll be fine for the next start."

-Marlins place RHP Carter Capps on DL with elbow sprain, recall Arquimedes Caminero | Fish Tank - Miami Marlins

Second baseman Rafael Furcal will start playing games, again, for Jupiter Thursday. Furcal has not played this season because of hamstring and groin injuries. "We’ve been down that road a couple of times already," Redmond said. "Hopefully this time is good and he feels good and gets healthy. "He’s got show his legs can play multiple days in a row and he’s able to run."

-Miami Marlins hopeful Carter Capps can avoid elbow surgery - Sun Sentinel

Another hard-throwing Marlins pitcher has been sidelined by elbow trouble. The team is hopeful that reliever Carter Capps can avoid surgery that ended Jose Fernandez’s season.  Capps, whose fastball frequently registers triple digits, was placed on the disabled list Tuesday with an elbow sprain.

-Miami Marlins' top prospect Andrew Heaney dazzles in second Triple-A start - Sun Sentinel

The Marlins’ top pitching prospect took a step closer to Miami with a command performance Tuesday in his second start for Triple-A New Orleans. Left-hander Andrew Heaney allowed only one hit in a 9-0 victory against Round Rock in a game halted after six innings by rain. Heaney, the Marlins’ No. 1 draft pick out of Oklahoma State in 2012 and rated as the top left-handed pitching prospect by, has given up one run and eight hits over 11 innings in his first two starts for the Zephyrs. An indication of how quickly he has adapted to the top level of the minor leagues, he has 14 strikeouts while issuing no walks.

-Miami Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton impresses with more than power - Sun Sentinel

It's the best show in baseball every time Giancarlo Stanton steps to the plate. Even his Miami Marlins teammates are humbled but no less entertained watching the most powerful hitter in the game defy physics in driving baseballs beyond the reaches of mortal men. "He's like a super hero," first baseman Garrett Jones said. "He's built like a Greek warrior. He has had a couple of big home runs to give us a lead, win some ballgames. He's just like that folk hero. It's pretty cool. I've seen a lot of guys with power, but he's on a notch above anybody."

-Atlanta Braves at Miami Marlins - May 30, 2014 | Preview

After enjoying a red-hot 17-7 start in 2014, the Braves cooled off significantly in a three-game series at Marlins Park as April turned to May. Miami swept Atlanta, outscoring the Braves 23-7 in the dominant showing. But as Atlanta returns to South Florida, the Marlins will have to reckon with a guy who shut them down in a stellar start on April 21 at Turner Field. Julio Teheran on Friday will get his second crack at the Marlins, who have the best home record in the Majors at 20-8. Miami is a half-game back of Atlanta in the National League East.

-Cishek making a case for NL All-Star squad | News

Pitching for Team USA in the 2013 World Baseball Classic was about as high an honor Steve Cishek thought he could receive. Aside from pitching in the World Series, Cishek couldn't imagine a bigger thrill being on the mound.

Around The League

-Victor Martinez just keeps getting better. | : Marc Normandin Article

After a decade of catching and a serious knee injury, most players are barely hanging on to their careers. But not Victor Martinez, merely having the best season of what was already an impressive run. As he continues to hit, will the Tigers be able to keep him past this season?

-Troy Tulowitzki holds big lead at shortstop in NL All-Star voting | News

The first ballot update for the National League's starting lineup for the All-Star Game was released on Wednesday, and Troy Tulowitzki, with 745,823 votes, has more than a 500,000-vote lead over his nearest competitor. Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is the only other NL player with more than 600,000 votes, while Tulowitzki's teammate, Charlie Blackmon, leads the outfield voting.

-Pipeline Inbox: Blue Jays zeroing in on Toussaint? | News

Who is on the Blue Jays' list for their two early picks in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft? Could the Cardinals select outfielder Monte Harrison in the first round?'s Jonathan Mayo responds to fans' questions about baseball's top prospects in the Pipeline Inbox.

-Astros hosting Civil Rights Game festivities | News

When the Astros take the field to face the Orioles on Friday at Minute Maid Park wearing the uniforms of the Houston Eagles -- the only Negro Leagues team from Texas -- it will mark the culmination of events surrounding the annual Civil Rights Game.

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-The Randy Wolf effect and Andrew Heaney's promotion - Fish Stripes

The Miami Marlins did not fare well in Randy Wolf's first start, and there are concerns that sending him out every fifth day may sink the Marlins' playoff chances. But how much of an effect will Wolf have versus bringing up Andrew Heaney?

-The Andrew Heaney promotion countdown - Fish Stripes

With newly acquired veteran lefty starter Randy Wolf struggling mightily in his first start as a Miami Marlin, athe calls for the club to promote #1 pitching prospect Andrew Heaney are growing louder. When will we see the 22-year old lefty prospect?

-Reactions to Miami Marlins' starter Henderson Alvarez leaving start early - Fish Stripes

Miami Marlins starter Henderson Alvarez was taken out of last night's game for "precautionary reasons." Here are some reactions from around the league.

-Miami Marlins are not concerned about Henderson Alvarez's right elbow stiffness - Fish Stripes

The Miami Marlins pulled Henderson Alvarez for precautionary reasons from last night's game, but it does not sound as though they are too concerned about a potentially serious injury with Alvarez's "right elbow stiffness."

-The good and bad of Jarrod Saltalamacchia - Fish Stripes

Miami Marlins catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia has had an odd season at the plate and behind the dish, but what should we expect to continue and where might he go from here?