Miami Marlins News: Chris Valaika, Alex Sanabia Injured; Valaika Has Small Fracture on Wrist


May 7, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres right fielder

Will Venable

(25) breaks up a double play attempt by Miami Marlins third baseman

Chris Valaika

(13) during the third inning at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Marlins currently as many wins (10) as they do players on the disabled list (10). Unfortunately for the Fish, the number of players on the DL seem to be growing faster than the digits in the win column. Starting pitcher Alex Sanabia and second baseman Chris Valaika both left Tuesday’s loss with injuries.

Alex Sanabia labored through his 4 1/3 innings before leaving with a tight groin. Sanabia surrendered four runs on nine hits, while striking out three and walking two. In the fifth, after striking out Yonder Alonso, catcher Miguel Olivo sensed something was wrong with Sanabia and went to visit him on the mound. After talking for a minute, Olivo motioned for the Marlins training staff to come to the mound.

Manager Mike Redmond took the ball from Sanabia and brought in Ryan Webb to relieve the right hander. Sanabia will reevaluated tomorrow and could be placed on the disabled list if the injury is severe enough. The Marlins are already down two starters in Nathan Eovaldi and Henderson Alvarez.

In the bottom of the eight inning, the Marlins received another huge scare. On a stolen base attempt, Alonso ran into second baseman Chris Valaika and knocked him over. Valaika injured his hand on the play and left the game immediately. Chris Coghlan was brought into replace Valaika, making his first appearance at second base since his MLB debut (5/8/10).

The Marlins have quite a few options to call up from their 40-man roster if Sanabia is forced to the DL. Duane Below and Brad Hand could be options as starters.  The team also has a number of relievers that could get the call, with Tom Koehler moving into the rotation.

Not sure if Jacob Turner is an option for the Fish at this time, but the team could sure use him at this point.

If Valaika heads to the DL, the Marlins only options on the 40-man roster are outfield prospect Kyle Jensen or Austin Kearns returning from the bereavement list. Not sure if Kearns is ready to return to the team, but he would have to be off the active roster for at least one more game.

If the Marlins go with one of the outfielders, they will have no choice but to move Coghlan back to second and keep Nick Green in his utility role. Either way, the Marlins are starting to run out of hitting options on their 40-man roster.

Here is a look at the Marlins disabled list as of right now:

Stay tuned to Marlin Maniac for the latest injury updates on Valaika, Sanabia, and the rest of the 10-man disabled list roster.

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