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Chen placed on DL, Cosart Called Up

The Marlins decided to place Wei-Yin Chen on the disabled list Sunday evening.

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Miami starting pitcher Wei-Yin Chen has been placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 21, for a left elbow sprain that he sustained after his last start on July 20.

Manager Don Mattingly said that the team is hopeful the injury isn't too serious, but they won't know for sure until Chen is examined further over the next few days. He was expected to start tomorrow to begin the Marlins series versus the Phillies, but instead Jared Cosart has been called back up to replace the injured Chen.

Cosart (0-1) has only started three times this season, with his last coming on April 22 at San Francisco. He was lit up in the game, allowing eight hits, six runs and six walks in 4.1 innings of work. Cosart is 3-5 in 12 starts in the minors this season and most recently started on July 20 for the New Orleans Zephyrs - where he's accumulated a 4.14 ERA and 1.55 WHIP in those starts.

With the injury to Chen, the Marlins are desperately shopping to improve their rotation as the season progresses. Reports say that the team is interested in Phillies pitcher Jeremy Hellickson and San Diego Padres pitcher Andrew Cashner, along with a few others.

Calling up Jose Urena and Jared Cosart has given Miami a full rotation for now, but they will likely need to make some moves to stay ahead in the wild card race.