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Caleb Smith has Grade 3 lat strain

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Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that, after undergoing an MRI, Marlins starter Caleb Smith has been diagnosed with a Grade 3 strain of his left lat muscle. A Grade 3 strain is the most serious strain, which is a complete rupture of a muscle or tendon and commonly requires surgery. In other words, Smith will be out for a while.

Smith, 26, was solid over 16 starts for the Marlins, compiling a 4.19 ERA with an 88/33 K/BB ratio in 77 1/3 innings.

The Marlins don’t yet have a timetable for Smith, nor has the club announced which pitcher will take his spot in the rotation. Jarlin Garcia and Dillon Peters figure to be the top candidates.