Miami Marlins Monday Week 7: Closer Controversies and Cammo Caps

Miami Marlins

During this, the seventh week of the Season of Woe, the Marlins exercised their right to be the worst team in the Majors yet again. A recent seven-game losing streak, snapped last Sunday with a rare win against the Arizona Diamondbacks, earned the Fish a share of the league’s worst record with the Houston Astros. Yet, even in the win, a player may have lost. Reliever  Steve Cishek, one of the few bright spots last season, may have lost his hold on the Closer role, as he was pulled during the final inning of Sunday’s win for lefty Mike Dunn. Dunn closed the game, but not before walking the bases-loaded and nearly blowing the game himself.

Cishek is 1-4 with a 4.91 ERA so far this season. He’s allowed 11 runs to score during his 18.1 innings pitched, and has registered a Major-League low five saves as the “Closer”. Dunn has been one of the better arms out of the ‘pen for the Marlins this season, surrendering only four runs during his team-high 23 appearances. He’s 1-0 with a 1.74 ERA as the, inexplicably, only lefty in the bullpen. The Marlins have promoted lefty Duane Below from Triple-A New Orleans. Below takes Jeep Enthusiast Jon Rauch’s spot on the roster, as the team parted ways with the tall righty last Friday night.

But while the Season of Woe continues to claim new victims, one of the earlier victims might be returning soon, thanks to an increasingly popular medical procedure. Giancarlo Stanton reportedly received a platelet-rich plasma injection to help heal his right hamstring strain. The procedure has been used by former Marlin Cody Ross, as well as several other athletes across the spectrum of sports.

“It promotes recovery a little quicker, especially if there is a lot of inflammation in that area,” Stanton said of the procedure.

New Era, the cap company responsible for all the on-field headgear of the MLB and its minor league affiliates, revealed this year’s designs for its annual Memorial Day Stars & Stripes program. Teams around the league will be sporting camouflage caps this season, a departure from the traditional Red, White and Blue design. All designs are for sale right now at MLB.com or neweracap.com.

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