Adeiny Hechavarria will not be in the Miami Marlins lineup today and could return Monday, at the earliest, dealing with a shoulder issue. This is according to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald:
"Adeiny Hechavarria was in such pain that he could barely remove his undershirt following Friday’s game in which he collided with Christian Yelich on a bloop hit into no man’s land. On Saturday, his name wasn’t on the lineup card for the first time all season.Hechavarria injured his left shoulder in the collision with Yelich, and said the earliest he could possibly play is Monday when the Marlins return home to open a brief home stand with the Chicago Cubs.He is expected to be seen by a doctor today, so the exact nature of the injury is unknown."
The injury took place in the 9th inning, on a bloop single by Daniel Murphy, that shrunk the Miami Marlins lead to 4-3. The Marlins went on to win the game, with A.J. Ramos closing it out, but likely suffered a bigger setback.
Hechavarria did not feel like he could have swung the bat had the Mets tied the game and sent it to extras.
“I knew I couldn’t hit,” he told the Miami Herald. “My shoulder was bothering me. It was tight. And I got the wind knocked out of me, so it was tough for me to breathe.”
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Adeiny is the only Marlins player that had not missed a game prior to tonight’s game. He has posted a career best slash line of .300/.330/.394 on the season with a 96 wRC+. His 1.2 fWAR ranks third on the Marlins, behind Dee Gordon and Giancarlo Stanton, and tied for third among short stops.
Despite that, his name still didn’t appear on the All-Star vote leaders released earlier this week.
Donovan Solano is starting at short for the Marlins today and will likely do so again tomorrow. Miguel Rojas, who owns a .338/.385/.468 slash line in Triple-A, would be a candidate to be called up if Hechavarria were to be out for an extended period of time.
The Marlins bench will be shorthanded today and tomorrow, unless a roster move is made, as the team is currently carrying 8 relievers to make a 13-man pitching staff, meaning there were only 4 bench players before Solano was forced into the lineup. Jhonathan Solano is the backup catcher and will only be used in emergency situations. This means manager Dan Jennings will only have two real bench options available.
The Miami Marlins are short of depth and cannot afford Hechavarria to be out for an extended period of time. Starters Mat Latos, Jarred Cosart, and Henderson Alvarez, along with first baseman Michael Morse, are currently on the disabled list. That’s with ace Jose Fernandez still out until at least the end of June-to-mid July.
Update (2:38 PM):
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