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Knife ‘prank’ by teammate injures Marlins prospect

Ricky Nolasco, now with the Twins, remains the Marlins’ all-time leader in wins, strikeouts and innings pitched. For coverage of Tuesday’s late game, visit miamiherald.com.
Ricky Nolasco, now with the Twins, remains the Marlins’ all-time leader in wins, strikeouts and innings pitched. For coverage of Tuesday’s late game, visit miamiherald.com. pportal@elnuevoherald.com

A recent prank involving two of the Marlins top position prospects left one needing surgery after a knife wound, the injured player’s agent said Tuesday.

First baseman Josh Naylor accidentally injured outfielder Stone Garrett’s thumb with a knife in what the Marlins described as a prank that went wrong.

The two players are teammates at Single A Greensboro (North Carolina).

Naylor was suspended one game by the Marlins, according to MLB.com.

Garrett, meanwhile, required three stitches, was placed on the disabled list Saturday and is scheduled for surgery later this week to repair a severed nerve in the thumb.

Larry Reynolds, Garrett’s agent, released a statement Tuesday saying that Garrett “sustained this injury when a teammate initiated a prank in which Stone was not a willing participant. The injury was not a result of horseplay of any kind. ... It is our hope and expectation that Stone will have a successful surgery and recovery so that he can resume playing baseball in the very near future.”

Naylor, the Marlins’ first-round pick in last June’s draft, is hitting .262 with seven homers and 36 RBI. Garrett, selected by the Marlins in the eighth round in 2014, is batting .244 with five homers and 15 RBI.

Before the season, ESPN’s Keith Law ranked Garrett and Naylor as the Marlins’ No. 4 and 5 prospects, respectively.

Old friends

Ricky Nolasco remains the Marlins’ all-time leader in wins (81), strikeouts (1,001) and innings pitched (1,225 2/3) despite leaving the team after eight seasons when he was traded to the Dodgers in 2013.

On Wednesday, Nolasco will face the Marlins for the first time in a regular-season game.

“Obviously it’s a little different facing them, but I’m pretty excited,’’ said Nolasco, who will make his Twins-leading 12th start of the season. Nolasco is in his third season with Minnesota after signing a four-year deal with the Twins as a free agent.

“I have a lot of friends who are still there. It’s definitely going to be interesting. It is neat. I’m excited, ready to go out there and compete. It feels like it has been a long time since I’ve been there but I was there a lot of years, have a lot of great memories.’’

This and that

▪ Giancarlo Stanton returned to the cleanup position Tuesday with manager Don Mattingly saying the move was “more of a feeling more than anything” adding Marcell Ozuna — who hit fifth Tuesday — could flip back into the fourth slot.

Stanton, who had been hitting fifth for a few games, didn’t play Sunday, giving him consecutive days off after he missed time over the past few weeks with side soreness.

▪ The Marlins came into their series with the Twins with the third-best winning percentage among National League teams in interleague play with their 172 wins — two better than the Mets.

This three-game set is Miami’s first trip to Target Field since having a game snowed out in 2013. In that game, then rookie pitcher Jose Fernandez experienced snow for the first time.

COMING UP

▪ Wednesday: Marlins LHP Wei-Yin Chen (3-2, 4.25 ERA) at Twins RHP Ricky Nolasco (2-4, 4.93), 8:10 p.m., Target Field.

▪ Thursday: Marlins RHP Tom Koehler (3-6, 4.50) at Twins RHP Ervin Santana (1-5, 4.50), 8:10 p.m., Target Field.

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