ATLANTA -- During a stretch in which the Marlins are being hit hard by injuries, there is some encouraging news. Carter Capps, on the disabled list with a right elbow strain, has been cleared to start throwing.
Capps, one of the most dominant setup relievers in the Majors, experienced some discomfort on Aug. 2 against the Padres. The earliest he can be reinstated from the DL is Aug. 17, and there is a chance he will be on pace for that date.
"Based upon what we're getting, he's progressing very, very well," manager Dan Jennings said.
Capps has a 1.16 ERA and has struck out 58 in 31 innings.
The Marlins also may be getting closer to getting Jarred Cosart back in the rotation. The right-hander, on the Minor League disabled list with a left inner ear disorder, threw a 20-pitch bullpen session on Saturday at the organization's complex in Jupiter, Fla.
Cosart, optioned to Triple-A New Orleans on July 5, could be throwing in a Minor League game in about a week.
There is a chance he could rejoin the Marlins later this month.
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