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Toby Borland was placed on the 15 day disable list with appendicitis. Man when are these injury's going to stop.

Another arm lost to DL
Borland out; Allen called up
BY KEVIN BAXTER
kbaxter@herald.com

The Marlins' beleaguered pitching staff was dealt another blow Sunday when right-hander Toby Borland was placed on the 15-day disabled list with appendicitis.

Outfielder Chad Allen was called up from Triple A Albuquerque (N.M.) to take his place on the roster.

That leaves the Marlins with 11 pitchers for the remainder of their road trip, which takes them to Montreal and Cincinnati this week.

''It's not going to hurt us,'' manager Jack McKeon said. ``We've got guys who need work. The only way you're going to get better is to pitch.''

Borland had complained of a fever and stomach problems throughout the trip and had pitched just one inning in the past week.

In San Diego he was examined by the Padres' team doctor, who prescribed antibiotics. But when the symptoms persisted, he was examined Saturday by the Los Angeles Dodgers' medical staff, which diagnosed the appendicitis and had Borland admitted to Good Samaritan Hospital for observation. He's expected to stay there a few days.

Allen, a right-handed-hitting corner outfielder, joined the Marlins on Sunday after flying from Albuquerque. He was sixth in the Pacific Coast League with a .354 average.

Borland is the fourth Marlins pitcher to land on the DL, joining starters A.J. Burnett, Josh Beckett and Mark Redman.

The Marlins have been getting by with a four-man rotation of late. But after today's off day, they play 13 days in a row, meaning they'll need a fifth starter as early as Saturday. Borland was a candidate for that job, but the start will likely go to left-hander Tommy Phelps or right-hander Allen Levrault.

Help might be on the way, however. Beckett took another big step in the rehabilitation of his strained elbow, throwing for five minutes Sunday at a distance of 60 feet with no pain. It was the first time he had thrown since leaving a May 7 game against the San Francisco Giants after one inning.

He will throw again Tuesday at Montreal and is on pace to return in mid-June.

Redman, who has a broken thumb, also has been throwing and might return by the end of the month

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