Marlins Straily Suffers Oblique Injury in Loss to Pirates

MIAMI, FL - AUGUST 31: Dan Straily #58 of the Miami Marlins throws a pitch in the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Marlins Park on August 31, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - AUGUST 31: Dan Straily #58 of the Miami Marlins throws a pitch in the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Marlins Park on August 31, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) /
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Miami Marlins starter Dan Straily suffered a left oblique injury in a 5-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night.

Miami Marlins starter Dan Straily started the season on the disabled list for first time in his career this season. He does not want to return there after he left the mound with a left oblique injury he suffered on Friday night. He did not figure in the decision, a 5-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night.

The Marlins have announced Straily is “day-to-day” as he left after 4 2/3 innings on Friday night.

"Per MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro, the team’s concerns turn to Straily and whether he will be healthy to help the team down the stretch during the final month of the season. The veteran has been a workhorse of late, eating innings while giving the bullpen a chance to rest."

That cannot be said last night.

"“It was one of those, ‘Let’s get out of there before this gets worse.’ It was a little sore,” Straily said. “It will be a big indication on how I feel in the morning as to what we’re really dealing with here. Hopefully, we caught it before anything got too bad.”"

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Straily got the ball in the first game of the second half of the 2018 season and has been steady for the majority of the season. Losing him for any time in the next few weeks would be a serious loss for the ball club.

Manager Don Mattingly must evaluate talent and plenty of young arms that have recently made their way to the Major League roster because of September expansion. Still, Straily is being counted on to give the team balance. He, Wei-Yin Chen and Jose Urena have work deep into games the past week.

Miami does not want to lose that bonus as the bullpen continues a rocky road this month.

Straily, who was making his 23rd start of the season, exited the game shortly after giving up a two-out double to Pittsburgh starter, Chris Archer.

Straily started the season on the disabled list shortly after being named the team’s No. 2 starter behind Urena and was expected to pitch in Miami’s second game of the season. Inflammation in his forearm put him on the shelf to start the 2018 campaign.

If he misses significant time, it will be yet another starting pitcher on the Marlins staff who has had their season cut short because of injury. Both rookies, Caleb Smith, and Pablo Lopez had been part of the Marlins rotation, but are presently on the 6-day disabled list.

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