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Miami Marlins’ Nathan Eovaldi is close to returning

 

mnavarro@MiamiHerald.com

Nathan Eovaldi is going to make at least one more minor-league start with the Double A Jacksonville Suns before he joins the Marlins, manager Mike Redmond said Wednesday.

Eovaldi made his third rehab start Tuesday and allowed three runs in the top half of the first but settled in afterward, finishing his outing after 4 2/3 innings. He gave up four runs, all earned, struck out four and walked four. But his velocity was good, according to Redmond.

“I felt good, the shoulder feels fine overall,” Eovaldi told the Suns’ media. “At the beginning of the game, I was just a little bit excited.

“ I’m glad to be back out there. I was rushing things a little bit, but that settled down later.”

In his three minor-league starts, Eovaldi is 0-1 with a 4.61 ERA, six walks and seven strikeouts. Opponents are hitting .288 off him.

Lesson for Olmos

Rookie left-hander Edgar Olmos took the loss in Tuesday’s 11-inning defeat to the Phillies, giving up the game-winning grand slam to John Mayberry Jr. Lessons were learned, though, he said.

“I learned I’ve got to slow the game down,” Olmos said. “When Domonic Brown hit that ground ball, I should have slowed down, made sure I got it and got the out at first. If I get the first two guys out, it’s a whole different outcome.”

After his error, Olmos had an intentional walk and then a four-pitch walk to load the bases. He had no choice at that point but to go after Mayberry Jr., who homered an inning earlier off Steve Cishek to tie the score at 3.

“I wasn’t going to let them walk-off on a walk,” Olmos said. “If he beats me, he beats me. It was a two-seamer that should have gone outside. It started on the inside corner and hit the inner half. And he didn’t miss it.”

• Top prospect Christian Yelich — expected to be called up at some point this season — will be placed on the minor-league disabled list Thursday with a small abdominal wall strain, according to the Marlins. He is expected to miss about two weeks.

Hitting .262 with six home runs and 28 RBI in 41 games for Jacksonville, Yelich was injured making a diving catch in the outfield Monday.

He played Tuesday but was taken out of the lineup after complaining of discomfort following three at-bats.

Coming up

•  Thursday: Off.

•  Friday: Marlins RHP Jose Fernandez (3-3, 3.34 ERA) at New York Mets RHP Matt Harvey (5-0, 2.17), 7:10 p.m., Citi Field.

•  Scouting report: The Mets are the only team the Marlins have a winning record against (6-3).

The Marlins still trail the all-time series 169-159, including a 76-88 mark in New York.

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