Christian Yelich exited Friday’s game in the first inning with a lower back strain, and has been listed as day to day over the weekend. According to Joe Frisaro, Yelich is headed to the disabled list.
This certainly isn’t good news for the Marlins, but Marisnick has been hitting well recently in AAA, and his glove/speed combination should help soften the blow. The Marlins are currently last in the National League in steals with 20, and Marisnick has swiped 17 bags by himself. The length of Yelich’s DL stint will likely be 15 days, but nothing has been confirmed. Last year Marisnick struggled big time during his stint in the majors, hitting .183/.231/248 in 40 games.
It’s a shame Yelich had to pick now to get hurt, because over his last five games he had been on a tear, having gone 10-23 with a home run, 5 RBI and 2 steals. Jake Marisnick had a slow start to the season, but was named the organizational player of the month in May. Most people expected to see Jake at some point this season, he has the potential to be a 5-tool threat, and playing center field only makes him more valuable. Marisnick usually hits in the bottom half of the order and plays center field, which Marcell Ozuna has played masterfully all year. This begs the question of where Jake will fit in, my guess is he takes over in left field and hits in the 7 hole.