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Ichiro Suzuki breaks record for hits in interleague play

Miami Marlins outfielder Ichiro Suzuki smiles during practice before the start of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics at Marlins Park on Tues., June 13, 2017 in Miami.
Miami Marlins outfielder Ichiro Suzuki smiles during practice before the start of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics at Marlins Park on Tues., June 13, 2017 in Miami. dsantiago@elnuevoherald.com

Ichiro Suzuki put his name in the record books on Wednesday with a puny infield single that lacked the juice to make it as far as the mound. But the 43-year-old wasn’t complaining.

It gave him a major-league record 365 hits in interleague play. Ichiro set the record when he pinch-hit in the fifth inning.

He wasn’t even aware he had tied Derek Jeter for the mark on Tuesday until his agent texted him with the information that same night.

After setting the record, Ichiro told Japanese reporters afterward that it didn’t feel the same as when he recorded his 3,000th hit last season.

“This may be something I look back on afterward,” he said.

THIS AND THAT

▪ Braxton Garrett, the Marlins’ top draft pick last year, is scheduled to see Dr. James Andrews next week for a second opinion on his ailing arm.

Garrett, the seventh overall pick in the 2016 amateur draft, made four starts for Low A Greensboro (North Carolina) this season before arm troubles brought his season to a halt.

A source told the Miami Herald that Garrett has a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow and Tommy John surgery is possible.

▪ The Marlins reinstated pitcher Tom Koehler from the disabled list and optioned him to Triple A New Orleans. Koehler was optioned to the minors in May after a rough outing. But the option was voided, and he was placed on the DL with right shoulder bursitis.

Koehler made a rehab start on Tuesday for New Orleans, allowing one earned run in  3 1/3 innings. He walked one, struck out eight and threw 79 pitches.

▪ Justin Nicolino (0-1, 4.15 ERA) worked six innings in a rehab start Tuesday for High A Jupiter and could be ready to rejoin the Marlins’ rotation.

Nicolino, who landed on the DL with a bruised finger, gave up a pair of earned runs on seven hits, including a home run.

“Felt good, felt efficient,” Nicolino said of his outing. “The finger really hasn’t been a concern for a while. Didn’t worry about it all [Tuesday night]. Everything feels good.”

▪ Miguel Rojas was cleared to begin baseball activities Wednesday after seeing the hand specialist who repaired his broken thumb. The infielder can begin throwing and hitting. Rojas said he hopes to be ready to return by the All-Star break.

COMING UP

▪ Thursday: Off day.

▪ Friday: Marlins RHP Dan Straily (4-4, 3.89 ERA) at Atlanta Braves LHP Sean Newcomb (0-1, 0.00), 7:35 p.m., SunTrust Park.

▪ Saturday: Marlins LHP Jeff Locke (0-2, 4.02) at Braves LHP Jaime Garcia (2-5, 3.16), 4:10 p.m., SunTrust Park.

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