Kearns sent to hospital with irregular heartbeat

MIAMI — Marlins outfielder Austin Kearns was sent to the hospital on Sunday morning where it was revealed he had an irregular heartbeat.

Initially, Kearns was in Miami’s starting lineup to play against the Phillies in the series finale at Marlins Park.

But shortly after arriving at the ballpark, Kearns complained about an elevated heartbeat. He was checked initially by the team trainers, before he was sent to a local hospital for further evaluation.

“He came in with some with a speeding heart rate,” manager Mike Redmond said. “He went immediately to the hospital to be checked out.”

The Marlins have been hindered by injuries since the start of the season. The team has been without Giancarlo Stanton for the entire series with the Phillies due to a left shoulder bruise. And Justin Ruggiano was scratched from the lineup on Saturday due to a tight right groin. Ruggiano started in place of Kearns in right field on Sunday.

Injuries have been piling up since the end of Spring Training. The day before the season started, starting pitchers Nathan Eovaldi and Henderson Alvarez were each placed on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation. And two games into the season, first baseman Casey Kotchman strained his left hamstring, and was placed on the DL

“Obviously, we’ve had a lot of stuff starting from the last week of Spring Training, losing two starters,” Redmond said. “And losing your first baseman. Stanton is out. Kearns is out. Ruggiano has a tight groin. My first two weeks of managing in the Major Leagues has definitely been an adventure.”

Joe Frisaro

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