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A suspension and an injury leave rotation questions for Marlins

Manager Don Mattingly #8 of the Miami Marlins takes the ball from starting pitcher Jose Urena #62 taking Urena out of the game against the San Francisco Giants in the bottom of the six inning at AT&T Park on June 20, 2018 in San Francisco, California.
Manager Don Mattingly #8 of the Miami Marlins takes the ball from starting pitcher Jose Urena #62 taking Urena out of the game against the San Francisco Giants in the bottom of the six inning at AT&T Park on June 20, 2018 in San Francisco, California. Getty Images

The Marlins are losing one starting pitcher from their rotation, and perhaps two.

Jose Urena was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a shoulder impingement while Dan Straily’s status is up in the air as he appeals the five-game league suspension that was handed down Thursday.

With so much uncertainty, the Marlins aren’t exactly sure how they’ll go about patching the rotation, especially with three games looming in hitter-friendly Coors Field.

“We have some options,” said manager Don Mattingly, who received a one-game league suspension stemming from separate incidents that occurred Tuesday in San Francisco. “But we’ll have to play it by ear and see what happens with the (appeals) process, and see what happens with this series for Jose’s spot, and then go from there.”

Neither Urena nor Straily were scheduled to pitch in Colorado, which enabled the Marlins to add an extra reliever to help get them through their series with the Rockies. The Marlins activated right-handed reliever Nick Wittgren from the disabled list to fill Urena’s roster spot.

The good news for the Marlins is that Urena’s injury is not believed to be serious. Urena said he expects to resume throwing in a few days and rejoin the rotation when his DL stint expires.

“Everything’s fine,” Urena said. “Just like a little muscle tightness with my shoulder blade. It feels a little tight sometimes with that muscle.”

Urena pitched five scoreless innings on Wednesday against the Giants before an arduous 39-pitch sixth inning brought about his exit. Mattingly said the training staff felt no MRI was necessary and ordered rest for a few days.

“We feel like it’ll be short, but you never know about something like this,” Mattingly said of Urena’s DL stint, which is retroactive to Thursday. “We felt like we could get on top of it. It doesn’t feel major.”

Mattingly said the Marlins would consider a number of options in determining a pitcher to take Urena’s next scheduled start on Tuesday in Miami, including using either Elieser Hernandez or Brett Graves in that spot. Both Rule 5 picks are now working out of the bullpen.

“Either one of those guys are really built to start,” Mattingly said. “But you never know what happens when you leave this place after three days. Sometimes you go good (at Coors Field). But (sometimes) you pen leaves here limping pretty good.”

Mattingly said the Marlins could call someone up from the minors.

Sandy Alcantara, the Marlins top pitching prospect, continues to shine for Triple A New Orleans. Dillon Peters and Jarlin Garcia are two other options in the minors with previous starting experience for the Marlins this season.

Straily’s situation is another matter.

Straily was given a five-game suspension after hitting Giants catcher Buster Posey with a pitch on Tuesday, one inning after Dereck Rodriguez did the same to Lewis Brinson and prompting umpires to issue warnings to both teams.

“I’m respecting the process and not going to talk about it,” Straily said.

Straily has never been suspended at any point in his professional career.

The same can’t be said for Mattingly, who received a two-game suspension in 2012 for “excessive arguing” while managing the Dodgers.

Mattingly is not entitled to an appeal. He will serve his suspension if and when Straily serves his.

“It doesn’t do any good to talk about it,” Mattingly said. “I’ve expressed myself to the league, and (president of baseball operations Mike Hill) has too, with what we think went on and how it was handled. We’ll let the process play out. I’ve got lots of opinions on it, but it never seems to do any good to share them.”

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