Marlins’ trade deadline acquisition Jarred Cosart scratched from scheduled Thursday start

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Jarred Cosart’s tenure with the Marlins is not off to an especially strong start. He surrendered four runs over just 5 1/3 innings in his debut last Friday night against the Reds, and now the 24-year-old right-hander — who was acquired from the Astros at the July 31 trade deadline — is dealing with an injury.

MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro reports that Cosart has been scratched from his scheduled start Thursday against the Pirates because of soreness in his left oblique. Brian Flynn, a 24-year-old left-hander with an 8.14 career major league ERA, will get the nod instead.

The hope is that Cosart will be able to return to action Tuesday versus the Cardinals.

He had a strong 3.57 ERA in 176 1/3 total innings with Houston and the Marlins are hoping he can help them make a run at one of the National League Wild Card spots. They’re currently 5 1/2 games back.

Diamondbacks, T.J. McFarland avoid arbitration

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Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reports that the Diamondbacks and reliever T.J. McFarland have avoided arbitration, agreeing on a $1.45 million salary for the 2019 season. McFarland, in his third of four years of arbitration eligibility, filed for $1.675 million while the Diamondbacks countered at $1.275 million. McFarland ended up settling for just under the midpoint of those two figures.

McFarland, 29, was terrific out of the bullpen for the D-Backs last season, finishing with a 2.00 ERA and a 42/22 K/BB ratio in 72 innings. While the lefty may not miss a lot of bats, he does induce quite a few grounders. His 67.9 percent ground ball rate last season was the third highest among relievers with at least 50 innings, trailing only Brad Ziegler (71.1%) and Scott Alexander (70.6%).

McFarland was dominant against left-handed hitters, limiting them to a .388 OPS last season, but the D-Backs deployed him nearly twice as often against right-handed hitters, who posted an aggregate .764 OPS against him. It will be interesting to see if the club decides to use him more as a platoon reliever in 2019.