The Miami Marlins are finally receiving some good news on the injury front after being hit hard with ailments over the last month.
The biggest news of the bunch: Starting pitcher Caleb Smith, who was placed on the Injured List on June 7 with left-hip inflammation, threw long toss on Sunday and is scheduled for a bullpen session in Jupiter on Tuesday.
Smith was one of the National League’s top pitchers over the first month and a half of the year, holding a 2.25 ERA with 64 strikeouts in 48 innings of work through his first eight starts of the season. He struck out at least six batters in each of those eight appearances — highlighted by a career-high 11 against the Chicago Cubs on May 7.
His production slipped over his final four starts before being shut down, posting an 0-3 record with a 6.50 ERA. He lasted 18 total innings in those four games and gave up seven home runs.
On the rest of the injury front:
▪ Jon Berti (10-day IL, left oblique strain) is continuing with all baseball activity in Jupiter.
▪ Riley Ferrell (60-day IL, biceps tendinitis) is scheduled to throw two innings with Triple A New Orleans on Tuesday.
▪ Peter O’Brien (10-day IL, left rib cage contusion) begins a rehab assignment with Class A-advanced Jupiter on Tuesday. He was originally scheduled to play seven innings at first base for the Hammerheads on Monday, but the game was rained out.
▪ Martin Prado (10-day IL, right hamstring strain) is therapy only for the time being.
▪ Drew Steckenrider (60-day IL, right elbow inflammation) was cleared to start a throwing program Monday.
▪ Neil Walker (10-day IL, strained right quadriceps) is continuing a running progression and all baseball activity in Jupiter.
▪ Chad Wallach (10-day IL, concussion) is out of the concussion protocol and is resuming all baseball activity in Jupiter.