Finding healthy bodies becomes challenge

WASHINGTON — Wins are not the only thing hard to come by for the Marlins of late.

Keeping players healthy is also a problem.

Donnie Murphy is the latest player to exit the game due to an ailment. Murphy was replaced due to a left hamstring strain after hitting a double in the seventh inning in Game 1 of Friday’s doubleheader at Nationals Park. He will be evaluated day to day.

Murphy was replaced by Justin Ruggiano, who hasn’t started since Tuesday at Atlanta. Ruggiano has been dealing with back spasms.

Before Friday’s first game, Ruggiano took some swings in the batting cage, and he threw in the outfield.

Murphy was scratched on Thursday due to flu-like symptoms.

The Marlins are short on infielders, especially those who can play the middle. Donovan Solano and Murphy can back up in middle. Greg Dobbs is an option to play third base, where Murphy started on Friday.

Solano started in left field in Friday, but he moved to third in place of Murphy.

Outfielder Bryan Petersen also is a little banged up. At Atlanta, he tweaked the AC Joint in his right shoulder. Petersen came off the bench and played in the first game.

Joe Frisaro

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