When Kevin Slowey takes the mound against the Brewers on Wednesday at Marlins Park, he likely won't be able to give Miami as many innings as he would like. That's no fault of Slowey's, who pitched seven innings in relief and earned the win in Saturday's 20-inning marathon against the Mets.
Marlins manager Mike Redmond said he'll monitor the 29-year-old right-hander closely on Wednesday, and he won't be afraid to use the bullpen with an off-day on Thursday. There isn't a definite pitch count, Redmond said, but if Slowey, who was pushed back a day in the rotation, can give the Marlins five innings, the Miami skipper would be pleased.
"We've talked about it," Redmond said. "Slowey's fine. He knew that situation going in. He'll give us as many as he can get. We're going to take care of him. We're not going to run him out there for 147 pitches."
Redmond said he and his staff will be able to tell early in Wednesday's game how Slowey is faring. Part of the reason he's in this situation is because he was extremely sharp against the Mets, allowing eight hits but also striking out eight -- a club record for a reliever -- without allowing a run.
In five career starts against the Brewers, Slowey is an impressive 3-0 with a 2.55 ERA. Meanwhile, Milwaukee starter Aflredo Figaro will see the Marlins for the first time on Wednesday.
Figaro has made 18 appearances this season -- 16 as a reliever. In each of his two starts, most recently on Friday against the Phillies, the 28-year-old right-hander has allowed four runs in less than six innings of work. The homer has especially been a problem in those starts, as Figaro allowed three homers to the Twins on May 28 and a two-run shot against Philadelphia.
Figaro's spot in the rotation will eventually go back to left-hander Chris Narveson when he returns from a sprained finger. And while the Brewers could have gone with a Minor League arm as a replacement when they demoted Mike Fiers, manager Ron Roenicke has been happy with Figaro, who has gone two or more innings in 10 of his 16 relief appearances.
"When he's come in, he's done a pretty good job for us, and he's stretched out to a point," Roenicke said.
Brewers: Crew stepping up without Braun
Tuesday was the second straight day that Ryan Braun was out of the lineup and did not take batting practice, as the All-Star left fielder battles a right hand injury. Fortunately for the Brewers, others have stepped up to fill the void.
Catcher Jonathan Lucroy and outfielders Carlos Gomez and Norichika Aoki have been a few of the players picking up the slack, but so too has Braun's replacement in left field, Logan Schafer. Although he struggled on Tuesday night, going 0-for-4, Schafer went 1-for-3 with a run scored after replacing Braun in the third inning on Sunday, and he added two more hits on Monday.
"I like Logan. Any time Logan is out there, starting or off the bench, I like what he does," Roenicke said. "The difference is in the lineup. Without Brauny hitting third, now you have to figure out how to maneuver the lineup around. Logan, the last three or four times he has started, he's gotten hits and played good D. He's been big in our offense."
Gomez, who leads the team with 11 homers and 33 RBIs, has been batting third in Braun's absence, going 3-for-5 with two RBIs in a win on Monday and scoring a run in Tuesday's 5-4 loss.
Marlins: Polanco to miss finale vs. Brewers
Marlins third baseman Placido Polanco will miss his second straight game on Wednesday while he deals with lower back stiffness. He exited Monday's 6-1 loss to the Brewers in the bottom of the sixth, but he expects to be back on the lineup on Friday after Miami enjoys an off-day.
"Since batting practice, it was just a little tight," Polanco said. "It kept getting worse during the game. Sometimes you swing and it gets loose, but this was getting worse."
Polanco has also been battling a virus for more than a week, and the 37-year-old veteran, who is batting .227 with seven RBIs and 19 runs this season, said it will take him one or two more days to recover.
"There's nothing you can do," Polanco said. "They gave me a Z-pak and the Z-pak didn't do anything, and all that is related. You lose fluid, and the 20 innings the other day didn't help."
• The Brewers have gone a season-high eight games without committing an error.
• Marlins left fielder Juan Pierre enters Wednesday on an eight-game hitting streak.
Jeremy Warnemuende is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.