In the eighth inning of Florida’s 12-3 win over Philadelphia, Marlins reliever Kiko Calero was lifted with pain in his right knee.
Appearing for the first time since Aug. 4 at Washington, Calero exited after issuing a two-out walk to Chase Utley.
Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez and trainer Sean Cunningham came to the mound, and the veteran right-hander was replaced without even testing the knee with a warmup pitch.
Afterwards, Calero said he feld discomfort in the muscle area above the kneecap.
“It felt weak today,” said Calero, who has appeared in 47 games this season. “On Friday, I started feeling it. But today, there were two pitches [to Utley] where my knee felt weak. I’m fine.”
Calero is listed as day-to-day.
In 2003, he had surgery to repair a torn right patella.
Gonzalez said before of his past history with the knee area, the team is being extra cautious.
Calero was on the disabled list from June 21-July 9 with right shoulder inflammation.
The Marlins were hoping to avoid using Renyel Pinto on Sunday, but the lefty replaced Calero, and he retired Ryan Howard on a fly ball to right field.
Calero has been used in a late-inning relief role. Matt Lindstrom, Brendan Donnelly, Brian Sanches and Tim Wood are right-handed setup options. Leo Nunez has been used as closer.
– Joe Frisaro