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Marlins place opening day starter Jesús Luzardo on injured list with elbow tightness before falling to 6-21

MIAMI — The Marlins placed opening day starter Jesús Luzardo on the 15-day injured list Friday because of left elbow tightness.

Luzardo, who was scheduled to pitch the opener of Miami’s four-game series against Washington on Friday, first experienced discomfort during his routine throwing a day earlier. He underwent imaging tests and the results have not been disclosed.

“I felt just felt a little tight more than normal I guess you could say, a tightness I don’t feel normally have before a start,” Luzardo said. “It was more precautionary. I wanted to get ahead of it before something worse happened.”

Luzardo is 0-2 with a 6.58 ERA in five starts. He had his best performance in his most recent start last Saturday, allowing two runs and three hits over six innings against the Chicago Cubs.

“I feel there is always concern, as a pitcher, whether it’s a shoulder or an elbow,” Luzardo said. “Like I said it’s something I’m not too worried about. I think it’s just a little stiffness. Hopefully it just gets to relax, miss a start or two and wishful thinking, get back to throwing in a couple of days.”

His injury is the latest setback for the Marlins’ rotation. Former NL Cy Young Award winner Sandy Alcántara and Eury Pérez both will miss the season after undergoing elbow surgery. Braxton Garrett has yet to pitch in the majors this year because of a left shoulder impingement but is close to returning after a minor league rehab outing Friday.

Miami rode its pitching staff to a playoff appearance last year, its first in a 162-game schedule since 2003. The Marlins entered Friday with an NL-worst 6-20 record.

Miami recalled right-hander Anthony Maldonado from Triple-A Jacksonville. Maldonado was set to start Friday against the Nationals in his major league debut.

Marlins latest losing streak hits four vs. Nats

MIAMI — Joey Meneses hit a tiebreaking two-run single in the eighth inning and the Washington Nationals beat the Miami Marlins 3-1 on Friday night.

Jacob Young and Trey Lipscomb had two hits each while Derek Law (1-1) struck out five over two scoreless innings of relief for the Nationals.

The Marlins lost their fourth straight and dropped to an NL-worst 6-21. They remain winless this season in series openers.

Marlins reliever Calvin Faucher (1-1) allowed a leadoff single to Lipscomb and walked CJ Abrams with one out. Jesse Winker reached on an infield single before Meneses hit a line drive to center.

Kyle Finnegan pitched the ninth for his eighth save.

Marlins starter Anthony Maldonado threw three scoreless innings in his major league debut. Maldonado, who was recalled from Triple-A Jacksonville after original starter Jesús Luzardo was placed on the 15-day injured list on Friday, allowed three hits and struck out two.

Luzardo experienced tightness in his left elbow during a throwing session Thursday.

Nick Fortes’ RBI single off Nationals starter Trevor Williams in the third put Miami ahead 1-0.

Miami’s Nick Gordon was thrown out at the plate on a relay throw from second baseman Luis García as he attempted to score from first on Vidal Bruján’s single to center in the fourth.

The Nationals tied it in the sixth when Young scored from third on Meneses’ grounder.

Williams gave up one run and five hits over five innings. The right-hander walked two and struck out one.


Nationals: RHP Josiah Gray (right elbow-forearm strain) continues to improve with his throwing program but will need multiple bullpen sessions before a rehab outing. … INF Nick Senzel (stomach illness) felt better and was available off the bench.

Marlins: LHP Braxton Garrett (left shoulder impingement) completed three innings of two-run ball in a 59-pitch rehab outing with Triple-A Jacksonville on Friday. … INF Jake Burger (left intercostal muscle strain) took batting practice and had a full infield workout Friday.


LHP Mitchell Parker (2-0, 1.50) will start for the Nationals on Saturday while the Marlins will go with RHP Edward Cabrera (1-0, 3.27).

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