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Miami Marlins reliever Mike Dunn has setback in rehabilitation

Marlins relief pitcher Mike Dunn, who is on the disabled list with a strained forearm, will be shut down for a few days.
Marlins relief pitcher Mike Dunn, who is on the disabled list with a strained forearm, will be shut down for a few days. El Nuevo Herald

A throwing session for Mike Dunn on Sunday did not go well, and the injured left-hander’s return has been put on hold.

“Not great news with him,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said.

Mattingly said Dunn, who is on the disabled list with a strained left forearm, will see Dr. Lee Kaplan, the Marlins’ team doctor, for further evaluation.

“He didn’t come out very good from the [throwing session],” Mattingly said. “He felt a little grab in there again. We’re going to slow him down. They said he’s going to be down for a few days.”

The Marlins were counting on Dunn to bolster the back end of their bullpen.

But Dunn, who had never spent a day on the disabled list during a big-league career that began in 2010, landed on the DL to start the season.

“Mike was a guy we were counting on,” Mattingly said. “We’re just not going to be able to count on him yet.”

Dunn is closing in on Braden Looper’s team record for appearances. He needs 14 more outings to equal Looper’s record of 368.

ADVICE FROM LEITER

Adam Conley had no idea Al Leiter once pitched for the Marlins. He knows now.

On Monday, Leiter introduced himself to Conley, who is scheduled to start Wednesday against the Mets.

Conley said Leiter offered advice and pitching pointers.

“To me, he should have the bravado and disposition of ‘I can kick your [butt],’ ” Leiter said. “I get what these guys are going through. I’m just seeing a guy who has a chance to be great.”

OFF NIGHT FOR COSART

Jarred Cosart’s long layoff between outings against major-league hitters likely contributed to his lack of sharpness Monday. Cosart was unable to locate his secondary pitches for strikes, and Mets hitters exploited the weakness by waiting for his fastball.

“All the damage was done when, basically, I had to throw a fastball,” Cosart said. “I need to get the off-speed pitches in the strike zone. You saw they weren’t swinging at any of them because I hadn’t shown I could throw them for a strike.”

Although it was Cosart’s first start of the season, it was actually the first time he faced big-league hitters in a game setting since March 21, during spring training.

“I think it contributed to a lack of sharpness,” he said.

Cosart was denied the win because he failed to complete five innings in the Marlins’ 10-3 victory. Of his 101 pitches, only 53 were thrown for strikes.

COMING UP

▪ Wednesday: Marlins LHP Conley (0-0, 27.00) at New York Mets RHP Logan Verrett (0-0, 9.00), 1:10 p.m., Citi Field.

▪ Thursday: Off.

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