Marlins place Venezuelan Luzardo on the injured list

MIAMI.- The Marlins They placed Opening Day starter, Peruvian-Venezuelan Jesús Luzardo, on the 15-day disabled list due to tightness in his left elbow.

Luzardo, who was scheduled to pitch in the first game of the four-game series against Washington on Friday, began feeling pain a day earlier during a routine training session. They performed an MRI, but the results were not released.

“I felt a little oppression, more than normal you could say, a pressure that you don't normally feel before starting,†the player said. He “It was more like caution. I wanted to get ahead of it before it got worse.â€

Luzardo is 0-2 with a 6.58 ERA in five starts. His best performance was in his last outing last Saturday, where he allowed two runs and three hits in six innings against the Chicago Cubs.

“I feel like there is always concern as a pitcher, whether it's about the shoulder or elbow,†Luzardo said. “Like I said, it's not something that worries me much. I think it's just a tension. Hopefully he relaxes, misses a start or two and hopefully he goes well and is pitching in a couple of days.†.

The Marlins' nightmare continues:

This is the latest setback in the Marlins' rotation. Former National League Cy Young winner Sandy Alcántara and compatriot Eury Pérez will miss the season after undergoing elbow surgeries. Braxton Garrett has not pitched in the majors due to a shoulder impingement, but is close to returning after making a rehab outing in the minors on Friday.

Miami made the playoffs last year thanks to its rotation. It was something he accomplished for the first time since 2003 in a 162-game schedule. The team has the worst record in the National League at 6-20.

Miami recalled right-hander Anthony Maldonado from Triple A and he is scheduled to start Friday against the Nationals in his major league debut.