Cosart scratched; Gregg having surgery

PITTSBURGH — Jarred Cosart paid a price for his first big league hit. The Marlins right-hander ended up tweaking his left oblique during the at-bat, and now he has been scratched from his start on Thursday at Pittsburgh.

The injury isn’t believed to be serious, and Cosart will not be headed to the disabled list. The club anticipates he will start on Tuesday against the Cardinals at Marlins Park.

Brian Flynn will start in place of Cosart on Thursday.

Miami hasn’t announced Saturday’s starter, but it is expected to be Brad Penny, who is currently at Triple-A New Orleans.

Cosart was acquired from the Astros on July 31. He made his first start for Miami on Aug. 1. Making the transition to the National League means Cosart now has to bat. In his start against the Reds, he had an infield single, which was his first big league hit. He ran hard to first base, and in the process ended up with a sore left oblique.

The Marlins rotation already is without Henderson Alvarez, who is on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation. Alvarez played catch on Wednesday and he is progressing nicely. The expectation is the All-Star will be reinstated on Aug. 14, the first day he is eligible to return. Miami faces Arizona that day.

Also, reliever Kevin Gregg on Thursday is scheduled to undergo season-ending surgery to remove bone chips from his right elbow.

Joe Frisaro

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