Marlins Notebook

Marlins pitcher Kevin Slowey to have MRI on sore arm

 
 
Miami Marlins starter Kevin Slowey pitches in the fifth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Marlins Park in Miami on June 26, 2013.
Miami Marlins starter Kevin Slowey pitches in the fifth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Marlins Park in Miami on June 26, 2013.
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Kevin Slowey, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a tight right forearm, said he felt discomfort in the arm as he was warming up in the bullpen during Saturday’s game.

“It was just something I wasn’t going to be able to be competitive and do my job,” Slowey said.

Slowey said a MRI is scheduled for Monday to determine the nature of the injury.

“I do my best not to figure it out,” Slowey said. “There’s so many different scenarios it could be.”

Moving up

Right-handed reliever Stephen Ames was promoted from Triple A New Orleans to fill Slowey’s roster spot. Like Marlins manager Mike Redmond, Ames played at Gonzaga University. He was one of three minor-league pitchers the Marlins obtained from the Dodgers earlier this month in the Ricky Nolasco trade.

“I’ve actually met him a couple of times,” Ames said of Redmond. “I’m not sure if he remembers me. It was a couple of years ago. His picture is up in the locker room [at Gonzaga]. They’ve got his jersey up there from when he won the World Series with the Marlins.”

Opposites attract

While Pittsburgh has turned around its overall record from where it usually is at this point in the season, the Pirates still sink in Miami. The Marlins have now won eight of the last 10 against Pittsburgh at home.

Monday, the Marlins start a four-game series with the Mets, against whom they have a five-game winning streak and an 8-3 advantage in games this year.

Pittsburgh, meanwhile, gets to go home for five games against St. Louis after finishing a 10-day road swing through Cincinnati, Washington, D.C., and Miami.

Day of leisure

The benches and bullpens got an easy Sunday afternoon. The Marlins used no bench players. Pittsburgh used Andrew McCutchen as a pinch-hitter for starting pitcher Garrit Cole in the eighth (popped out to second) and Josh Harrison as a pinch-runner for Neil Walker in the ninth inning.

Each bullpen got called on once — Pittsburgh brought in right-hander Vin Mazzaro after seven innings, and the Marlins brought in Steve Cishek after eight.

High achievers

Fernandez became the 10th rookie pitcher in the last 50 years to put up 13 strikeouts in a game with no walks.

Cishek has now converted 17 consecutive save opportunities, the third-longest active streak in the majors behind Craig Kimbrel (20, going into Atlanta’s Sunday night game) and Greg Holland (20).

Coming up

•  Monday: Mets RHP Jacob Turner (3-3, 2.49 ERA) vs. Marlins RHP Jeremy Hefner (4-8, 4.17 ERA) at 7:10 p.m., Marlins Park.

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