Miami Marlins: Martin Prado to DL, Jhonatan Solano Selected
By Ehsan Kassim
The Miami Marlins had originally hoped that Martin Prado would miss only the 4-game series against the New York Yankees after sustaining a shoulder strain on a groundball against the Colorado Rockies.
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Unfortunately that is not the case, the team placed Prado on the 15-day disabled list and selected the contract of catcher Jhonatan Solano to take his place.
Prado heading to the DL is a major blow for the Miami Marlins, who just seem to be hitting their stride. Prado, while not having a great season, is posting a .272/.311/.370 slash line with a 88 wRC+. His defense has graded out four runs above league average, per Fangraphs.
Martin Prado is seen as one of the main clubhouse leaders for the team. He was acquired, along with David Phelps, for Nathan Eovaldi, Garrett Jones, and Domingo German this past off-season from the Yankees. It must be killing Prado to have to miss this series against his former team, and even more with him headed to the DL.
The Miami Marlins’ decision to recall Jhonatan Solano is a curious one. Last night, starting catcher J.T. Realmuto was a late scratch from the Marlins lineup, even though manager Dan Jennings insisted that Realmuto was not hurt and would be available to pinch hit.
In the 9th inning, with a runner on second, the team let the light hitting Jeff Mathis hit for himself, with Realmuto supposedly available. Jennings opted to not pinch hit Realmuto and let Mathis hit away, with Mathis thus striking out to end the game.
After the game Jennings announced that he did not pinch hit Realmuto because of tightness in his back, but did say he expected Realmuto back in the lineup tonight. Selecting the contract of Solano, who is not currently on the 40-man roster, signals Realmuto’s back maybe worse than the team is letting on.
Update: Realmuto is OUT of lineup tonight
Initially, Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald tweeted that the team would be calling up infielder Jordanny Valdespin, who is also not currently on the Marlins 40-man roster.
Solano, on the season, owns a .050/.095/.100 slash line with a -52 wRC+. He’s been better in the minors, but has posted an ugly .178/.191/.311 slash line in 47 plate appearances with a 22 wRC+.
Throughout his minor league career, Solano, like his brother, was touted as a strong defensive player. His first stint with the Marlins did not quite show that, as he struggled to keep runners from stealing all over him. Though some of that fault does fall on the pitchers, too.
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