- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 20, 2018

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) - Miami Marlins right-hander Dan Straily has mild right forearm inflammation and will not throw for five or six days, raising the possibility his first start of the season will be delayed.

Straily, who tied for the NL lead with 33 starts last year, had been scheduled to pitch in the Marlins’ second game March 30 against the Chicago Cubs. He complained of arm stiffness and had an MRI that revealed the inflammation.

His ailment further muddles the Marlins’ uncertain rotation. Highly regarded right-handed prospect Sandy Alcantara was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans on Tuesday, although he could rejoin Miami early in the season.

Jacob Turner, Odrisamer Despaigne, Justin Nicolino and Caleb Smith remain in contention for rotation spots, along with opening day starter Jose Urena.

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