Uh oh: Carter Capps is going to see Dr. James Andrews

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Carter Capps‘ ongoing elbow problems are serious enough that the Marlins right-hander is heading to Alabama to be examined Monday by Dr. James Andrews, which rarely ends in positive news for an injured pitcher.

Capps’ breakout 2015 season ended two months early due to elbow soreness and he continues to have significant issues seven months later, causing the Marlins to send him for an MRI exam and book a visit to Dr. Andrews’ office for a second opinion.

Losing him would be a huge blow to the Marlins, who seemed likely to make Capps their closer following a season in which he racked up 58 strikeouts in 31 innings on the way to a 1.16 ERA. If he’s out for an extended period of time right-hander A.J. Ramos would be the clear-cut favorite for ninth-inning duties in Miami.