The latest Marlin to go down to injury is Hanley Ramirez, who has been shut down for the remainder of the year after attempting to struggle through an elbow injury for much of September. With the season almost at a close, this caps off a wild year of injuries for the Fish, the likes of which the team hasn’t seen for some time. Just take a look at the list of names the Marlins have sent to the DL for the season this year:
John Baker (out since 06/19, missed 134 possible games)
Chris Coghlan (out since 07/26, missed 66 possible games)
Ricky Nolasco (out since 08/28, missed 29 potential games)
Josh Johnson (out since 09/04, missed 23 potential games)
Of course, the starters missed a lot less time, and they missed games that more or less did not matter to the Marlins, but Baker and Coghlan have missed significant time. Combine that and the fact that they underperformed their projections and you can see part of the reason why the Fish were simply unable to hold onto a spot in the playoff hunt, if they were ever in the hunt. With numerous underperforming parts (see Cantu, Jorge and Ross, Cody in addition to Coghlan), it’s surprising the Marlins still mustered a mostly .500 mark throughout the year.