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Miami Marlins’ Ricky Nolasco copes with trade rumors

 

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Ricky Nolasco said he’ll try to ignore the trade rumors and speculation as best as he possibly can between now and the July 31 nonwaiver trade deadline.

But given the growing interest by contending teams in the Marlins’ veteran right-hander, it might not be so easy.

“Obviously I think about it,” Nolasco said. “But I’m not going to drive myself crazy because it’s not up to me.

“It’s out of my control, and I’m a very big believer in worrying only about things I can control.”

Nolasco is all but certain to be dealt, and scouts predict the Marlins will at least receive a mid-level prospect — or better, depending on the number of teams bidding on him.

Three teams are already reportedly in the hunt for the Marlins’ all-time career leader in victories and strikeouts.

According to CBSSports.com, the Giants are one team that has made inquiries. ESPN has reported that the Yankees and Orioles are “leading the parade of teams that already have interest” in him.

Nolasco knows his time with the Marlins is probably short, probably no more than eight or nine more starts if Miami holds on to him all the way up to the deadline.

“It’s going to be weird because this is all I know,” said Nolasco, who has been with the Marlins since 2006.

“But it’s part of the game. I’ll adapt to wherever I go.”

Coghlan’s injury

Chris Coghlan has a lower-back injury that could keep him on the disabled list beyond the 15-day requirement, according to manager Mike Redmond. An MRI on Monday revealed the injury, which was originally thought to be related to his right calf.

“It’s his lower back, and he’s going to be out a while,” said Redmond, adding that it will “probably” be longer than 15 days.

“I feel terrible for him,” Redmond said. “He was red hot, probably our best offensive player. Everybody’s frustrated — especially him — [given] how far he’s come and the kind of year he was putting together.”

• Coghlan isn’t the only Marlin with back issues. Placido Polanco is dealing with them, as well.

Polanco was lifted from Monday’s game because of soreness in his lower back, and he and Redmond said he’ll likely not return to action until Friday.

Coming up

Wednesday: Marlins RHP Kevin Slowey (2-5, 3.77 ERA) vs. Milwaukee Brewers RHP Alfredo Figaro (0-0, 4.08), 7:10 p.m., Marlins Park.

•  Thursday: No game.

•  Friday: Marlins RHP Jose Fernandez (3-3, 3.17) vs. St. Louis Cardinals LHP Tyler Lyons (2-2, 3.51), 7:10 p.m., Marlins Park.

•  Scouting report: Figaro will be making his 19th appearance — but only his third start — of the season.

Figaro last pitched on Friday vs. Philadelphia and received a no-decision, giving up four earned runs on seven hits over 5 1/3 innings.

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