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Miami moves Kearns to restricted list

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LOS ANGELES -- For family reasons, Austin Kearns has been away from the Marlins for more than a week. Miami placed the veteran outfielder on Major League Baseball's restricted list Sunday, meaning he will not be paid for lost time.

Kearns was with the club when it began a three-city, 10-game road trip on May 2 at Philadelphia. He was excused from the team on May 4, returning to his home in Kentucky. The Marlins placed him on the bereavement list on May 5.

By rule, players on the bereavement list must be out for three to seven days. Kearns needs more time, so he was moved to the restricted list.

The veteran has primarily been used as a pinch-hitter, where he is 3-for-11.

The Marlins optioned Kyle Skipworth, on the roster to replace Kearns, to Triple-A New Orleans after Sunday's 5-3 loss to the Dodgers. They are expected to reinstate catcher Jeff Mathis from the disabled list prior to Tuesday's game against the Reds.

Mathis played in a rehab game for New Orleans on Sunday and is set to play there again on Monday.

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter Less

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