While Marlins free agent signees Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Casey McGehee have been making significant contributions to the team this season, another free agent signing has yet to see the field in a Marlins uniform. Rafael Furcal injured his hamstring during spring training and had just recently started playing in minor league games in the hopes of joining the big league team soon. Unfortunately, he appears to have injured a groin on the other leg during one of those games and will now be out another month. The good news is that Furcal’s fill in, Derek Dietrich, has taken full advantage of his opportunity by posting team leading .422 wOBA and 174 wRC+ figures.
Manny Navarro of the Miami Herald reports that Marlins infielder Rafael Furcal is suffering from tightness in his right groin. He had been rehabbing in the minor leagues, and the club hopes the setback is minor enough that he can resume his rehab on Sunday.
A knee injury kept Giancarlo Stanton out of the All-Star Game and the Home Run Derby in 2012. But at the rate he is going now, nothing may keep the Marlins’ 24-year-old slugger out of either event this season.
As the Miami Marlins begin a third season at their $639 million publicly financed ballpark in Little Havana, the state-of-the-art stadium equipped with a retractable roof has had a minimal impact on the surrounding area’s residential real-estate market.
Though Marlins and former Blue Jays prospects Jake Marisnick (.184 batting average), right-hander Anthony DeSclafani (3.77 ERA) and lefty Justin Nicolino (4.35 ERA) had slow starts in the minors this month, the blockbuster 2012 Marlins/Blue Jays trade looks pretty good from a Marlins perspective considering Josh Johnson (now with San Diego) is 2-8 (6.20 ERA) since the trade and is now out for the year after elbow surgery; often-injured Jose Reyes has played in only about half of Toronto’s games since the trade; Henderson Alvarez has pitched generally well for Miami; and Derek Dietrich (obtained when the Marlins flipped Yunel Escobar to Tampa Bay) and Adeiny Hechavarria have improved offensively.
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Welcome to this week’s The Good, The Bad, and The Road Marlins Recap. Let’s take a quick look at the recap- The Good: A Hech of a play in the 4th and the Bullpen; The Bad: the Marlins lose; and The Road: The Marlins road woes continue. Let’s look at a more in depth recap shall we?
It seemed like the Marlins had done just enough to secure their second road win of the season. Instead, Miami suffered a gut wrenching defeat at the hands of Curtis Granderson and his compadre’s. The game was a pitcher’s duel from the outset, as the both Zack Wheeler and Henderson Alvarez spun gems. New York was able to get on the board first during a 3rd inning that saw a bit of small ball success from the Mets. Eric Young Jr. reached 1st base on a single, stole second, advanced to third on a sacrifice fly, and scored on a David Wright single through a drawn in infield. Daniel Murphy followed that up with a double down the left field line to give the Mets a 2-0 lead.
After notching their first road win of the season during the previous series with the Atlanta Braves, the Marlins will head north to take on the New York Mets. The Marlins currently have a 10-12 record while the Mets enter the series with a 12-10 record, good for a tie for second place in the N.L. East.
The Marlins are set to kick off another road series today against the New York Mets. The Mets have been hot of late, winning 7 of their last 10 games and are currently tied for second in the N.L. East. This promises to be a good series to see if the Marlins are able to take the next step and secure some more victories on the road.