Capps to DL with right elbow sprain

WASHINGTON — A potentially big piece of the Marlins’ thin bullpen is now on the disabled list.

On Tuesday afternoon, Miami placed Carter Capps on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Monday, with a right elbow sprain. Arquimedes Caminero was recalled from Triple-A New Orleans to take Capps’ roster spot.

Marlins manager Mike Redmond said Capps has been recommended to not throw for four weeks, and then he will be built back up. The initial hope is he will be fine with rest.

“We feel like right now it’s something that can be treated with rest,” Redmond said. “He’s going to go four weeks without throwing. He will be down for an extended period of time, and then building back up, and we’ll go from there.”

Capps threw one inning on Sunday in a 7-1 loss to Milwaukee at Marlins Park. The hard-throwing right-hander allowed one run on two hits with a walk and a strikeout.

“He had some tenderness in there after the game,” Redmond said. “So we got him checked out. They found out that he does have a sprained elbow.”

Velocity was not an issue in the appearance, as he struck out Ryan Braun to end the inning. During the at-bat with Braun, one of Capps’ fastballs was clocked at 99 mph. The 23-year-old’s fastball has reached as high as 101 mph this season.

Capps, who opened the season at Triple-A New Orleans, has become an effective late-innings option since being called up in late April. In nine appearances for Miami, he has a 3.00 ERA, and he’s struck out 15 while walking three in 12 innings.

Miami acquired Capps from the Mariners last December for Logan Morrison.

Capps, a converted catcher, is a promising right-hander and an extremely hard thrower.

In Spring Training, he was working on adjusting his delivery, which is one reason he didn’t make the Opening Day roster. The club opted to let him iron out his mechanics at New Orleans.

Capps impressed in seven Triple-A appearances. In 11 innings, he struck out 17 and walked just six.

News of Capps’ elbow sprain comes on the same day Jose Fernandez returned to Los Angeles to have his cast and stitches removed from his Tommy John surgery.

When Fernandez was placed on the disabled list, he was listed as having a right elbow sprain.

Caminero is making his second stint with the Marlins. The right-hander appeared in five games, giving up seven runs in 4 2/3 innings.

Joe Frisaro

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