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Marlins injury list continues to grow as Barraclough is placed on DL

Miami Marlins pitcher Kyle Barraclough pitches during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals at Marlins Park on Wed., June 21, 2017 in Miami.
Miami Marlins pitcher Kyle Barraclough pitches during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals at Marlins Park on Wed., June 21, 2017 in Miami. dsantiago@elnuevoherald.com

Another day and another Marlin has landed on the disabled list.

A day after losing two more of their starting infielders to injury, the Marlins’ bullpen took a hit when setup reliever Kyle Barraclough was placed on the 10-day DL with right shoulder impingement. The move is retroactive to Tuesday.

The Marlins recalled right-hander Drew Steckenrider from Triple A New Orleans.

Barraclough last pitched Monday when he threw a scoreless eighth inning in the Marlins’ 4-0 shutout of the Rangers.

Mattingly said Barraclough would undergo an MRI in Miami on Thursday to determine the extent of the injury.

“[Barraclough] said he’s been feeling different stuff, but felt normal said he was bouncing back easily,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. “The doctor was saying [Tuesday] there’s some general inflammation back there that’s causing some tightness. So, hopefully, that’s it, a little bit of rest.”

Mattingly said he didn’t know about Barraclough’s issue until he asked him on Tuesday why he wasn’t throwing more sliders in his last outing.

“That’s when he said to me, ‘I got to talk to you about something.’ That’s when he told me.”

Barraclough and Junichi Tazawa have pitched in the seventh and eighth innings as a bridge to closer A.J. Ramos since David Phelps was traded last week.

Marlins manager Don Mattingly talks about the 10-4 loss to the Rangers on Tuesday night in Arlington.

Barraclough, who is 4-1 with a 3.30 ERA and a 1.51 WHIP in 46 1/3 innings, has seen his numbers decline in his third season with the Marlins. His strikeouts-per-nine innings has decreased from 14.0 to 9.7 this season, and his walks per nine have increased from 5.4 to 6.0.

Barraclough threw 16 pitches in Monday’s outing, six of which were sliders. A sign something might have been off with Barraclough was his fastball velocity Monday, which averaged 93.4 mph, according to Statcast. His season average is 95.06, which is nearly 2 mph above the league average of 93.10.

Mattingly said Tazawa will continue to pitch in those late innings to get a lead to Ramos in the ninth, but the team could turn to several other options as well.

“Lottery wheel,” Mattingly said. “Different guys will have to fill that void a little bit.”

Nick Wittgren, Jarlin Garcia and Steckenrider, the No. 9 prospect in the Marlins’ farm system, according to MLBPipeline.com, are options.

Steckenrider is 1-1 with a 3.52 ERA in nine appearances (7 2/3 innings) in the majors this year and has gone 0-1 with a 1.62 ERA in 26 games (33 1/3 innings) at Triple A with 44 strikeouts and eight walks.

And Brad Ziegler, who has been on the disabled list since June 22 with a back strain, could be nearing a return to action as well.

Mattingly said Ziegler is throwing in a rehab game Thursday in Jupiter.

“He’s moving toward getting back,” Mattingly said. “I could see him being not too far in the distance.”

FORMER NEMESIS

Christian Yelich drove in all four Marlins’ runs on a pair of doubles and a three-run home run off Rangers starter Cole Hamels in Tuesday’s 10-4 loss.

That matched the amount of hits he had for his career against Hamels, a former division foe of the Marlins when he pitched for the Phillies.

Yelich was 3 for 16 in his career with only one extra-base hit (a double) against Hamels prior to Tuesday’s game.

“Yeah, he got me pretty good early in my career,” Yelich said. “I think I had about 15 ground balls to second off of him, from that sinker and a cutter. But it’s baseball, man.”

Yelich recorded a career-high four RBI, something he has done four times before.

COMING UP

▪ Thursday: Marlins LHP Chris O’Grady (1-1, 5.40 ERA) vs. Cincinnati Reds RHP Robert Stephenson (0-3, 8.10), 7:10 p.m., Marlins Park.

▪ Friday: Marlins TBA vs. Reds RHP Sal Romano (2-2, 3.50), 7:10 p.m., Marlins Park.

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