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Dr. Andrews: Miami Marlins reliever Carter Capps doesn’t need elbow surgery

The season isn’t over yet for Carter Capps.

The hard-throwing reliever had his elbow examined by Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday, and the recommendation was the same as the one Marlins doctors first gave Capps when he went on the disabled list last week with a right elbow sprain — no surgery, just rest.

“I haven’t talked to Capps, but I’m sure he’s relieved,” manager Mike Redmond said. “He got checked out again, and it has to be comforting for him they both [Andrews and Marlins doctors] said the same thing.

“He’s going to rest for the next month and then will start playing catch again and start building back up. Then we’ll see where he is at. So it’s good news.”

Capps was transferred to the 60-day disabled list Wednesday. The earliest Capps could return from the DL is July 25.


Redmond said second baseman Derek Dietrich took his demotion to Triple A New Orleans after Tuesday’s game “like any young guy — it was tough.”

“But I think he understood where we were coming from,” Redmond continued. “The focus needs to be not just on hitting. It has to be on defense, too. I think he understands that. I felt good walking away. … I know he’ll go down there and do that and give effort to improve in those areas.”

Dietrich’s seven errors were tied for the most by a second baseman when he was sent down Tuesday. Redmond maintains Dietrich’s defensive struggles are a product of what happened to him in spring training when he was struck in the face by a hard-hit one-hopper.

“That’s all I can say really [that] caused him to go into a defensive struggle,” Redmond said. “Because he was so good playing defense last year. We know it’s in there. For whatever reason, he just needs to go down there, relax and get his confidence back defensively. We know when he does that he’ll be back.”

In the meantime, Redmond said he would like to get Donovan Solano some more at-bats and playing time at second base, along with Ed Lucas. Solano was in the starting lineup at second base for only the fifth time Wednesday.

close encounter

Marlins third baseman Casey McGehee said he knows he dodged a bullet Tuesday.

In the fourth inning, McGehee was standing in the on-deck circle when the broken barrel of Giancarlo Stanton’s bat came zooming at him. The severed, sharp edge of the bat grazed and scratched McGehee’s left elbow before the barrel hit him on the upper-left side of his rib cage, leaving him bruised.

“I got as lucky as I could have got,” McGehee said Wednesday. “If the barrel hits me more flush, it probably wouldn’t have been too good.

“Usually when I’m at third base my eyes go to the bat. But on that one I was looking at the ball. So I never saw it. Even if I would have [seen it], I’m not sure I would have been able to do anything about it.”

• With the Marlins playing at American League parks in four of their next seven games, Redmond said he plans on mixing up who he slots into the designated hitter’s spot.

Redmond said rookie first baseman Justin Bour, called up to replace Dietrich on Wednesday, could get the nod at the DH spot on Thursday against Tampa. If he doesn’t, he’ll be available to pinch-hit. Redmond also said it’s likely that Stanton could DH against the Rangers next week.


•  Thursday: Marlins RHP Jacob Turner (1-3, 5.59 ERA) at Tampa Bay Rays RHP Jake Odorizzi (2-5, 5.13), 4:10 p.m., Tropicana Field.

•  Friday: Marlins RHP Nathan Eovaldi (4-2, 3.24) at Chicago Cubs RHP Jason Hammel (6-3, 2.78), 4:05 p.m., Wrigley Field.

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