Jarred Cosart’s second start with the Marlins will have to wait a few days.
The right-hander was scratched from his scheduled start Thursday night because of a strained oblique. Rookie left-hander Brian Flynn will face the Pittsburgh Pirates in Cosart’s place.
Cosart felt discomfort while playing catch before Wednesday night’s game. The Marlins decided to have him skip a start, and he is tentatively scheduled to pitch Tuesday against the St. Louis Cardinals at Marlins Park.
Cosart believes he sustained the injury Friday night, either while swinging the bat or running the bases in his Marlins debut, one day after being acquired from the Houston Astros in a five-player trade. He lost to the Cincinnati Reds, allowing four runs in 5 1/3 innings.
“It’s just a little tightness, nothing serious and if the World Series was [Thursday], I’d be able to pitch,” Cosart said. “I’m feeling a little uncomfortable. They don’t want me pitching if I’m uncomfortable, and I don’t want to pitch if I’m uncomfortable. It’s no big deal.”
Flynn was recalled from Triple A New Orleans on Tuesday and was scheduled to work out of the bullpen after making 20 starts for the Zephyrs and going 7-8 with a 4.00 ERA.
“Anytime you’re getting the ball, it’s exciting,” Flynn said. “It’s a great opportunity to help out the team while Jarred heals up.”
Flynn made one relief appearance this season, giving up two runs in three innings June 27 against the Athletics. He started four games for the Marlins last September and went 0-2 with an 8.50 ERA.
THIS AND THAT• Right-hander Henderson Alvarez played catch Wednesday and said he felt fine. It was the first time he had thrown since going on the disabled list July 30 with right shoulder inflammation. The Marlins expect Alvarez to be activated the first day he is eligible, on Aug. 15.
• Reliever Kevin Gregg is scheduled to have season-ending surgery to remove bone chips from his right elbow. Gregg was placed on the DL on July 14. The 36-year-old made 12 relief appearances this season and was 0-0 with a 10.00 ERA.
• Marcell Ozuna and Jarrod Saltalamacchia each drew bases-loaded walks in the eighth inning of Tuesday night’s game, turning a 2-1 deficit into a 3-2 lead as the Marlins went on to a 6-3 victory over the Pirates.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it marked just the second time in franchise history that the Marlins scored the tying and go-ahead runs on bases-loaded walks in the seventh inning or later. The other time was July 25, 2003, when Mike Lowell and Juan Encarnacion walked consecutively in the eighth inning against the Phillies to turn a 4-3 deficit into a 5-4 lead in an 11-5 victory.
COMING UP• Thursday: Marlins LHP Flynn (0-1, 6.00 ERA) at Pittsburgh Pirates RHP Edinson Volquez (8-7, 3.91), 7:05 p.m., PNC Park.
• Friday: Marlins RHP Nathan Eovaldi (5-6, 4.22) at Cincinnati Reds RHP Mike Leake (9-9, 3.46), 7:10 p.m., Great American Ball Park.