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Luis Arraez a late scratch from Marlins lineup. And Miami claims reliever for final stretch

Marlins All-Star second baseman Luis Arraez was a late scratch from Miami’s starting lineup of the Marlins’ 4-3, walk-off win over the New York Mets on Tuesday due to a left ankle sprain. The team is listing him as day-to-day for now.

The injury occurred during the Marlins’ pregame defensive drills, when Arraez stepped on a ball while fielding grounders at second base ahead of batting practice. Arraez sat in the infield with team trainers momentarily before walking off on his own power and leaving the field.

“I felt so bad there,” Arraez said postgame of the injury. “I knew something happened with my ankle, but I hope I feel good tomorrow.”

Arraez, who entered Tuesday leading MLB with a .354 batting average and logged his 200th and 201st hits of the season in Monday’s 2-1 loss to the Mets, was slated to lead off and play second base.

With Arraez out, Xavier Edwards started at second base.

Marlins claim Matt Moore

The Marlins on Tuesday claimed left-handed pitcher Matt Moore off waivers from the Cleveland Guardians, adding another high-leverage reliever to their bullpen over the final two weeks of the regular season as they continue to push for a playoff spot.

Because Moore was acquired after Aug. 31, he would be ineligible to compete in the playoffs for the Marlins should they advance to the postseason.

He is expected to join the team in Miami on Wednesday.

Moore, 34, has a 2.77 ERA with 57 strikeouts against 14 walks over 48 2/3 innings in 46 appearances for the Los Angeles Angels (41 games) and Guardians (five games). He has made 314 career MLB appearances over his 13 year career.

“He gets lefties and righties out, which is nice,” Marlins manager Skip Schumaker said Tuesday. “He’s been there before in back-end roles. Just a guy that you want out there in a big leverage type of situation. ... I think [general manager] Kim [Ng] did a really good job of adding another arm to our already good bullpen. He can only help us.”