Valaika undergoes surgery on left wrist

LOS ANGELES — Marlins infielder Chris Valaika, who fractured his left wrist on Tuesday at San Diego, underwent successful surgery on Friday at the University of Miami Hospital

Valaika suffered a break to the tip of his radius bone in the eighth inning on Tuesday. He returned to Miami, where it was determined he needed surgery. Dr. Patrick Owens performed the procedure, inserting two pins in his wrist.

There is a chance Valaika could be done for the season. He will need four to six weeks to recover from the surgery, and about that time additionally to build back up.

Also on Friday, manager Mike Redmond announced Tom Koehler will be replacing Wade LeBlanc in the rotation.

Koehler, who had been in the bullpen, will make his first start of the season on Sunday in the series finale at Los Angeles. LeBlanc joins the bullpen, where he provides a second lefty.

Alex Sanabia, who exited Tuesday’s game at San Diego in the fifth inning wit a tight right groin, will be pushed back one day. With the team off on Monday, Ricky Nolasco will start on Tuesday at Marlins Park against the Reds. Sanabia will go on Wednesday.

Jeff Mathis, on rehab assignment with Double-A Jacksonville, could join the Marlins as early as Tuesday in Miami. The veteran catcher broke his right collarbone on Feb. 23, in Miami’s first Grapefruit League game.

Logan Morrison, being used as a designated hitter in extended spring games, went 2-for-3 with a home run, single and walk on Friday in Jupiter.

Joe Frisaro

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