Disabled List Growing as Fast as Losses for Miami Marlins
By Ehsan Kassim
Logan Morrison, Alfredo Silverio, Jeff Mathis, Joe Mahoney, Nathan Eovaldi, Henderson Alvarez, Jose Ceda, and now Casey Kotchman are all sitting on the disabled list for the Miami Marlins, just three games into the season. This is not even accounting the injuries the Marlins have in their farm system.
Mar 17, 2013; Jupiter, FL, USA; Miami Marlins first baseman Casey Kotchman (18) connects for an RBI single in the third inning during a spring training game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Kotchman became the latest Marlins to head to the disabled list after the first baseman hurt himself running Wednesday night. Kotchman says he “heard a pop” when running out a double-play grounder. This is the second time Kotchman has been injured, as he cut his hand on a pop-up machine shortly after signing with the team.
Casey made the team after a strong spring put him ahead of Joe Mahoney, who is also on the disabled list. Both of them were competing for the first base vacancy that was opened due to Logan Morrison’s rehabilitation from his knee injury.
Gregg Dobbs started in place of Kotchman at first base and batted fourth Thursday against Washington. He and Austin Kearns are candidates to split time at first with Kotchman out.
The team plans to put Kotchman on the DL on Friday, and make a corresponding roster move then. Two options according to Juan Rodriguez to take his place on the roster are catcher Kyle Skipworth and outfielder Kyle Jensen. Both are currently on the Marlins 40-man roster, so not extra move would be necessary to make room for them.
As always, stay tuned to Marlin Maniac for any updates on the injuries toMarlins players and any other roster transaction news.