Marlins mulling Cosart's next step

Righty could return next week to face Yankees or make another rehab start

Marlins mulling Cosart's next step

MIAMI -- What's next for Jarred Cosart has yet to be determined. The Marlins are weighing whether to give the right-hander one more rehab-assignment start or activate him to pitch in about a week.

Placed on the disabled list with vertigo on May 18, Cosart threw 5 2/3 innings on Thursday in a rehab start for Triple-A New Orleans. Cosart gave up two runs on nine hits with one strikeout and no walks.

"We're going to see where we think Jarred is," manager Dan Jennings said. "Does he need another start in Triple-A or will he be ready to go five days from now? We'll [meet] and make a determination of what we think is in his best interest and then we'll go from there."

Cosart's velocity was strong, as he was clocked 94-97 mph.

"I know he gave up nine hits," Jennings said. "Reading the report, he gave up some flares."

Before going on the DL, Cosart was 1-3 with a 4.08 ERA in seven starts for Miami. If he returns next week, it could be as early as Tuesday against the Yankees at Marlins Park or the next day against New York at Yankee Stadium.

"For me, it's more about the quality of the strikes he was throwing," Jennings said. "Then we'll make a decision. He will either get another start at Triple-A or he will be up here to go with us in five, six and seven days."

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