Randy Choate has done his usual solid work as the Marlins’ left-handed specialist, posting a 1.82 ERA while holding left-handed hitters to a .145 batting average, but it sounds like the 35-year-old reliever won’t pitch again this season.
Choate, who logged a grand total of just 25 innings in 54 appearances because of his specialist usage, was placed on the disabled list yesterday with elbow inflammation and replied “I doubt it” when asked about returning before 2012.
“I would love to pitch some more, but I don’t want to do anything stupid,” Choate told Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald. “I’d rather be completely healed for next season.”
Which makes sense, because the Marlins are 15 games out of a playoff spot and Choate is under contract for $1.5 million in 2012.