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Broken toe sidelines Marlins' Mujica

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Miami Marlins RHP Edward Mujica was placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with a fractured right small toe. The team called up LHP Wade LeBlanc, who is 5-5 with a 3.74 ERA in 16 starts for Class AAA New Orleans.

Mujica was hit on the foot by a Placido Polanco grounder in Friday's game but he stayed in the game after the play and finished the inning.

"Then I came back to the dugout and started feeling it," Mujica said. "I started feeling a twinge in my ankle, and (pitching coach Randy St. Claire) came over and I said, 'I'm out because I'm feeling pain.'"

Manager Ozzie Guillen said he hopes Mujica can return shortly after the All-Star break. Until he returns, Guillen said Mujica's eighth-inning role will be split by RHP Steve Cishek -- who tossed a scoreless eighth inning Sunday -- and left-handers Randy Choate and Mike Dunn.

"(Mujica) could get better in four days, but you never know," Guillen said. "If we wait four days, send him back out and he can't pitch, we lose four days. This way he'll be back two days after the All-Star Game."

Mujica, 28, who is 0-3 with a 4.46 ERA in 35 appearances this season, said this will be his first trip to the DL in his seven-year career -- and he wasn't thrilled with the timing.

"We're playing good right now and I'm part of the bullpen, so they're going to need me," he said. "But they told me to just take it easy and get ready."
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