Straily confident he'll make next start

Right-hander completes normal non-pitching day routine after being struck by liner

Straily confident he'll make next start

MIAMI -- Looking back on the play, Dan Straily on Tuesday felt fortunate that he sustained just a bruised right forearm after being struck by Evan Gattis' hard line drive on Monday in the Marlins' 7-2 loss to the Astros.

Straily understands he could have been hurt much more severely if the ball had gotten him in the area of his head or had hit him more flush on the bone. Instead, it caught mostly muscle, leaving a large welt.

A day later, Straily said he is confident he will make his next scheduled start, which is Saturday against the Dodgers in Los Angeles.

"He feels really positive that he makes his next start," manager Don Mattingly said. "I just think he stays like this. He played catch today."

As a precaution, Straily had an X-ray taken on Tuesday because the swelling had subsided. He doesn't anticipate any setbacks, and he was out for batting practice like any other day he wasn't pitching.

"Just to cross everything off the list," Straily said. "We're 100 percent positive there is nothing broken. I think I would feel it. I woke up this morning with no tightness, no pain. We're good to go."

Straily's strong start

On Monday, Straily was on top of his game, throwing five scoreless innings, allowing just one hit. The right-hander held the Astros hitless for four innings before Gattis ripped the ball, tracked by Statcast™ at 108.3 mph, to open the fifth inning. After being struck, Straily stayed on the play and threw Gattis out at first.

Mattingly and trainer Dustin Luepker came to the mound, and after four warmup tosses, Straily remained in the game. With two outs, his no-hit bid ended on Alex Bregman's double.

But after closing out the scoreless fifth, Straily was replaced by Junichi Tazawa in the sixth, and the Astros rallied to take a 4-1 lead on Yulieski Gurriel's first career grand slam.

On Tuesday, he played catch in the afternoon with no discomfort.

"I played catch, everything is fine," Straily said.

Straily noted that his quick reaction caused him to jam his ribs with his arm, and the ball deflected to the ground.

"I think he feels kind of fortunate that ball didn't hit on the arm, or hit cleanly on the ribs," Mattingly said. "In his mind, he's really positive. In our mind, it's the same."

Straily spoke briefly with Gattis before Tuesday's game.

"It's baseball. It happens," Straily said. "It's unfortunate it cost me a few innings last night, but hopefully that's all that it cost."

Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.