Miami Marlins pitcher Dan Straily looked sharp in his third minor league rehab assignment as he helped the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp defeat the Tennessee Smokies. The Marlins’ starting pitcher appears poised to rejoin the major league team and help a struggling rotation.
Per Doug Padilla of MLB.com, Straily threw 88 pitches in a rehab start for Double-A Jacksonville, suggesting his next outing could be in Miami on the upcoming homestand. Straily has been on the 10-day DL since the start of the season after a right forearm strain surfaced late in Spring Training.
Marlins manager Don Mattingly would neither confirm nor deny that Straily was headed back to the Majors.
“We’ll just kind of continue to hold with him at least until tomorrow,” Mattingly said before Tuesday’s Marlins game against the Dodgers. “The biggest things with the guys out on rehabs is making sure that they are bouncing back the next day, so we’ll see where he is tomorrow.”
The Marlins, minus Dan Straily, defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers on the road on Tuesday night.
Straily threw 88 pitches in an outing that lasted 5 1/3 innings. Padilla said his time on the mound and was something of a mixed bag. He gave up four runs (three earned) on six hits with six strikeouts and one walk. Straily held Tennessee to one run over the first four innings before the Smokies broke out in the sixth inning for three runs.
This was the third rehab assignment for Dan Straily. His outing on Tuesday came after two appearances with Class A Advanced Jupiter, where he pitched a combined 7 2/3 innings. He has a 6.92 ERA in the three rehab appearances, striking out 12 with four walks.
Straily wasn’t the only Marlins player on rehab assignments on Tuesday. Infielders Martin Prado and JT Riddle played for Jupiter, as did right-hander Elieser Hernandez, who threw 71 pitches over four innings.