Kotchman to go on DL Friday

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Finding healthy bodies to play first base has become a challenge for the Marlins.

Manager Mike Redmond said on Thursday afternoon that Casey Kotchman will be placed on the disabled list, beginning on Friday.

The veteran first baseman strained his left hamstring in the fifth inning of Wednesday’s 3-0 loss to the Nationals.

“He was pretty sore this morning, like we anticipated,” Redmond said. “We’re going to put him on the DL. We are currently trying to figure out the roster move.”

Before playing three games, the Marlins now have three first baseman out with injuries. Joe Mahoney is on the 15-day DL with a intercostal strain, retroactive to March 22. Technically, he could be reinstated on Saturday, but he is seven to 10 days away from game action.

Logan Morrison is on the 60-day DL, and the earliest he can be activated in May 30.

The Marlins anticipate having another player join the team on Friday when they open a three-game set with the Mets.

Most likely the player will be someone already on the 40-man roster. And the player doesn’t necessarily have to be a first baseman.

Greg Dobbs, Austin Kearns, Chris Valaika and possibly catcher Miguel Olivo could fill in at first base.

The likely 40-man roster options to be called up are catcher Kyle Skipworth and outfielder Kyle Jensen.

Joe Frisaro

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