Marlins’ Anthony DeSclafani leaves game with forearm contusion, listed as day to day

Miami Marlins starting pitcher Anthony DeSclafani (28) seeks medical attention after being hit during the first inning against the Oakland Athletics.

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MIAMI — Miami Marlins right-hander Anthony DeSclafani exited Friday’s opener against the Oakland Athletics after three innings with a right forearm contusion and is listed as day to day.

Brandon Moss’ liner on a 0-1 pitch hit DeSclafani to load the bases during a two-run first. DeSclafani stuck with the play, retrieving the ball behind the mound and almost getting the out at first.

"The ball hit him just below the elbow and it just stiffened up on him," manager Mike Redmond said. "He got x-rays. Everything was negative. He’s fine, but it did swell up on him and being a young guy we didn’t want to jeopardize him."

The 24-year-old remained in the game but threw just 42 pitches over three frames, giving up two runs on five hits. He had retired seven of the final eight batters he faced.

"It felt good to keep going, but I understand where he’s coming from," said DeSclafani, who struck out two and walked none. "I still had a sweat going and a lot of adrenaline. I didn’t quite feel it when I was out there. I might have been able to keep pitching. I felt like I wasn’t affected by it at all, but it’s their judgment, their decision to take me out. I’m not going to argue with that."

DeSclafani said he should be good to throw on Saturday, but it all depends on how he feels when he wakes up. He will be evaluated from there.

In the first, Alberto Callaspo, Yoenis Cespedes and Moss produced consecutive singles to load the bases. Two of the balls never left the infield. Josh Donaldson followed with an RBI fielder’s choice. Jed Lowrie drove in the other run with a line-drive single to right.

"They were just attacking fastballs," DeSclafani said. "They’re an aggressive-hitting team. They’re probably one of the hottest teams right now and they’re swinging the bat well, so they were just attacking fastballs. Thought I made a few good pitches with sliders that crept through the six hole a little bit and a couple fastballs just lined over into the outfield.

"I felt like I did a better job just making adjustments and getting down in the zone the next two innings and throwing a couple good two-seamers to get ground balls and quick outs. I felt like I was starting to get into a little groove."

Left-hander Brian Flynn, who was recalled Friday as an extra arm out of the bullpen, took over in the fourth and went three innings. The Marlins used five relievers during Thursday night’s 14-inning loss to the Philadelphia Phillies and had two pitchers unavailable.

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