MIAMI GARDENS—The Marlins pitching situation got more precarious Friday when set-up man Clay Hensley was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a shoulder injury.
Hensley injured the shoulder Wednesday when pitching in the ninth inning against the Diamondbacks. He struck out Sean Burroughs but slumped over in pain after delivering the strikeout pitch and had to leave the game.
But this injury could be more serious.
Manager Edwin Rodriguez did not have specific details, but said, "We're all concerned it could be a long time."
The Marlins are already missing starter Josh Johnson, who is on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation. Johnson threw Friday, but not from the mound.
"I am getting closer," Johnson said, but he will not be able to start Tuesday when he is scheduled to come off the disabled list.
"As long as he's moving forward and feeling better day by day, that's a good sign," Rodriguez said. "We don't want to throw him out there until he's 100 percent. If we have to wait a bit longer, we'll do that."
Rodriguez said he is not sure who will start Tuesday, but said using relievers, as they Marlins did Saturday in win over the Dodgers, would be a last resort.
"We have to sit down and talk about the options. We don't have an idea right now. We're not leaning toward anybody in particular," Rodriguez said.
If the Marlins call up a pitcher from the minors to make the start, it could mean that ailing shortstop Hanley Ramirez gets placed on the disabled list.
Ramirez has been sidelined with lower back pain. He declined to talk to reporters about the injury Friday, and Rodriguez had few details.
"I don't know if its inflammation. I don't have the details or how we're going to treat it," Rodriguez said.