For pitcher Kevin Slowey, the disappointment of the Marlins’ 2-1 loss to Philadelphia on Sunday and a 2-10 start was put into perspective.
“Our season may not be how we want it to be as we look at it right now, but I think we have some bigger things to worry about,” Slowey said.
Slowey was talking about his friend and teammate Austin Kearns, who was scheduled to be kept overnight at the University of Miami hospital Sunday after being admitted because of an irregular heartbeat.
Kearns was sent to the hospital after complaining of a rapid heartbeat when he arrived at Marlins Park on Sunday morning.
“He’s resting well,” manager Mike Redmond said. “I think they’re still doing some tests on him. But it looks like everything is fine for now. We’ll probably know more tomorrow.”
Kearns, who was first checked out by the trainers at the park, was in the lineup in right field before being scratched.
Players were making plans after the game to visit Kearns.
“He’s a leader in the clubhouse, plus he’s a standout guy and a good teammate,” said reliever Jon Rauch, who played with Kearns from 2006-08 in Washington.
With Giancarlo Stanton already sidelined because of a bruised left shoulder, Redmond was forced to use Justin Ruggiano in right field. Ruggiano was scratched Saturday because of a tight right groin.
Although Stanton was available to pinch run Sunday, he said he does not expect to be ready to play Monday night against Washington.