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getty images Rafael Furcal will play in his first big league game since 2012. Furcal, 36, missed the entire 2013 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery and has been hobbled by groin and hamstring injuries this year. He will play second base and bat leadoff for the Marlins on Friday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates who will have Jeff Locke on the mound. Furcal was given a one-year deal worth $3.5 million by the Marlins. In 2012 Furcal hit .264/.325/.346 with five home runs, 69 runs scored and 12 stolen bases in 121 games with the St. Louis Cardinals. In order to clear a spot for him on the 40-man roster the Marlins placed Angel Sanchez on waivers, he has since been claimed by the Tampa Bay Rays.

Rafael Furcal reinstated from 60-day DL, ready to make Marlins debut

MIAMI -- Rafael Furcal will make his long-awaited Miami Marlins debut Friday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Furcal, who signed a one-year deal in the offseason to be the club's second baseman and leadoff hitter, was reinstated Friday after having been on the 60-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain and right groin strain. Since May 29, he played in 11 minor-league...

Marlins Injury Update: Rafael Furcal should return Friday

Veteran infielder Rafael Furcal is set to get back on a major league field for the first time since 2012, with the Miami Marlins preparing to activate him before Friday's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Manny Navarro of the Miami Herald reports that Furcal, now playing second base, is likely to replace rookie Justin Bour on the roster after Bour was optioned following...

Marlins notes: Miami looking for more out of starting rotation

MIAMI -- The Miami Marlins starting rotation needs to regain its mojo, and soon. A Marlins starter has not won since June 5 when righty Jacob Turner allowed five runs in 5 1/3 innings of an 11-6 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays. Over the past seven games, starters have averaged just 5 1/3 innings and 4.3 runs. In six of the contests, they failed to complete the sixth. "The last...

Marlins' Christian Yelich leaves game vs. Pirates with lower back strain

MIAMI -- Miami Marlins left fielder Christian Yelich exited Friday night's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates with a lower back strain and is listed as day-to-day. Yelich appeared to aggravate it while running out his grounder to short in the first inning. He was shown rubbing his lower back in the dugout before being tended to by training staff. Reed Johnson entered as a defensive...

Marlins seek fix from within to help battered rotation, bullpen

MIAMI -- "Not right now." That was Miami Marlins manager Mike Redmond's response when asked whether the club made any moves following Saturday's 8-6 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Over the past two games -- both defeats -- the Marlins have surrendered 16 runs -- the most in consecutive contests since April 9-10 in Washington. After four straight contests in which...

Marlins Nearing Deal With Tyler Kolek

The Marlins are “in advanced negotiations” with second overall pick Tyler Kolek, reports Joe Frisaro of With the sides nearing agreement, a deal is expected to be official within days. The magnitude of Kolek’s bonus remains unreported, but he is certainly in line for a big payday after being taken in the second slot, which carries an allotment of just over $6.8MM...

Marlins Injury Update: Christian Yelich exits with back tightness

Miami Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich left last night's extra-innings loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates after experiencing back tightness.'s Joe Frisaro tweeted that the diagnosis is a lower back strain:Just announced Yelich has a lower back strain #Marlins #Pirates— Joe Frisaro (@JoeFrisaro) June 13, 2014According to Juan C. Rodriguez of the Sun Sentinel, Yelich...

Pittsburgh Pirates at Miami Marlins series primer

The Miami Marlins (34-31) open a season-long 10-game homestand this weekend against the Pittsburgh Pirates (32-34) after securing their first winning roadtrip of the year. Miami is one game back of the Washington Nationals in the National League East. Pittsburgh sits 7.5 games behind the Milwaukee Brewers (2.5 from second-place St. Louis) in the NL Central. Friday could mark the...

Marlins' ninth-inning rally falls short in loss to Pirates

MIAMI -- Andrew McCutchen hit a three-run homer and Jody Mercer also went deep, leading the Pittsburgh Pirates to an 8-6 victory over the Miami Marlins on Saturday. Josh Harrison and Chris Stewart had three hits apiece, and the Pirates finished with 18 overall in their sixth consecutive game in double digits. Touted rookie Gregory Polanco had two hits and two RBIs. Marcell Ozuna...

Buying “The Brain” Heaney

Before I tell you what Prospect Scott said, I wanna just say a quick thing about rookies, pitchers specifically. They're all over the map for value like George Clooney in Up In The Air (that's a reference for our four girl readers; you think a man with a mustache forgets the ladies? Photocopy my face, take it to Kinko's, have it made into a pillowcase, rest your head...

Miami Marlins Game Day Chatter

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Pittsburgh Pirates at Miami Marlins game preview

TV: FOX Sports Florida Time: Pregame coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. Andrew McCutchen and Giancarlo Stanton both shined in last year's season series between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Miami Marlins. These superstars figure to do more damage Friday night when these teams open a three-game series in Miami. The Pirates (32-34) took four of six meetings a season ago. McCutchen went...

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Miami Marlins – Game 67

Three of four is always good. I don’t give a **** if it’s the awful Cubs or any other team. All the credit in the world to Edinson Volquez. Well maybe not “all” the credit. Give some to Andrew Mccutchen as well. On the road again…… MLB definitely has little concern about weariness due to…

VIDEO: Giancarlo Stanton launches solo home run to right-center

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