The Miami Marlins may have suffered the first serious injury of 2016 in the NL East division.
Reliever Carter Capps - who is in the mix to be their closer - has a right elbow injury. The team is awaiting the results of an MRI after he complained of elbow soreness.
The Marlins are reportedly concerned enough to be working the trade market for potential bullpen help. That's according to the Miami Herald.
Capps is a 25-year-old entering his fifth MLB season. He has no career saves, but is expected to play a large role in the Marlins' bullpen after posting a 1.16 ERA in 30 appearances for Miami last season. He began his career with the Seattle Mariners before joining the Marlins prior to the 2014 season.
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Sure, the Nationals and Orioles didn't make the playoffs, but that didn't stop a "Battle of the Beltways" moment from breaking out during NLCS Game 1.
Ex-National Gio Gonzalez started the game for the Brewers. In the second inning, ex-Oriole Manny Machado stepped to the plate for the Dodgers.
Here's what happened next:
If you squint, you can imagine the ball flying into the Nationals Park bullpen or the Camden Yards bleachers.
And in case you're wondering, we have indeed entered the Twilight Zone.
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The Washington Nationals picked up righty reliever Kyle Barraclough from Miami in their first offseason move to rebuild the bullpen.
The Nationals said Wednesday that they gave the Marlins international slot value in the deal.
The hard-throwing Barraclough went 1-6 with 4.20 ERA and 10 saves in 17 chances, with 61 appearances this year. He allowed one hit in 36 at-bats in June, when he was chosen NL reliever of the month, but struggled with his command the rest of the season.
Barraclough's ERA ballooned to 10.24 over his final 24 games and he lost the Marlins closer's job.
He has a career ERA of 3.21 with 279 strikeouts and 134 walks in 218 2/3 innings over four seasons, all with Miami.
Washington general manager Mike Rizzo is in need of relievers after jettisoning Shawn Kelley and Brandon Kintzler late this season.
The deal helps the Marlins in their pursuit of top international free-agent Victor Victor Mesa, a Cuban outfielder who tried out for major league scouts at Marlins Park last week.
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