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Injured hip likely to cost Morris rest of road trip

Reliever sent to Miami for evaluation; Miami hopeful injury isn't too series

Injured hip likely to cost Morris rest of road trip

ANAHEIM -- Feeling some discomfort in his right hip, Marlins reliever Bryan Morris was sent back to Miami on Tuesday for further evaluation.

Morris has helped solidify the eighth inning, but the hard-throwing right-hander experienced some discomfort after pitching in Colorado on Saturday.

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"We're going to get it checked out," president of baseball operations Michael Hill said. "I don't want to jump to any conclusions."

The team remains hopeful the issue isn't serious, but Morris isn't expected to return for the rest of the road trip, which includes the remainder of the series against the Angels -- which concludes Wednesday night -- as well as a weekend set in Atlanta.

"I'm hoping it is only a couple of days," Hill said.

Morris has worked in the eighth inning, as have A.J. Ramos and Mike Dunn.

Rosters expand on Monday, and the Marlins can bring up more pitching depth then. The team is hoping Carter Capps will return from the disabled list in early September.

The Marlins acquired Morris from the Pirates on June 1 for a Competitive Balance pick in the First-Year Player Draft. With Miami, he's thrown 37 2/3 innings while posting a 0.48 ERA.

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