The Miami Marlins have gotten off to a slow 36-51 start to the season, 15 games below .500 and falling quickly out of the playoff picture. The team has gotten to the point of preparing to become sellers.
More from Marlins News
- Miami Marlins news: Another target gone
- Why didn’t the Miami Marlins sign JDM?
- Miami Marlins rejected Boston‘s trade offer
- Miami Marlins are pursuing Michael Conforto
- Miami Marlins need to spend to win
Good news for the team though, they are starting to get some of their players on the mend and get ready to play for the team soon. Manager Dan Jennings gave some updates on currently injured Miami Marlins that are working their way back from the DL, as well as an update on Jose Fernandez‘s next start.
This is to be expected. Jose last started for the Miami Marlins on Thursday, throwing seven shutout innings, striking out 9 and walking none. In fact, in his first two starts, Jose has not walked a single hitter and struck out 15 in 13 innings of work.
Fernandez owns a 2.08 ERA and a 1.76 FIP in his 13 innings of work. Most of the damage off of Jose Fernandez came in his first inning back, against the San Francisco Giants on July 2nd.
Fernandez will have 8 days between starts, probably a little longer than the team wants him to be rested, but he should be back on a 4-day rest schedule after the break.
With the Miami Marlins ace back, the opening day starter, Henderson Alvarez, is also making his way back from a shoulder injury. According to Clark Spencer, Alvarez could be starting a rehab stint very soon.
Since Alvarez has not pitched since May 22nd and only 4 times all season, the Marlins will probably let Alvarez take all 30-allotted rehab days allowed to Alvarez before he makes his big league return. This would project an Alvarez return to be around mid-August, if he doesn’t suffer any setbacks.
Alvarez owns a 6.45 ERA and a 3.79 FIP in 22 1/3 innings of work. He is coming off a breakout 2.65 ERA and a3.58 2014 season.
The Miami Marlins are unlikely to move Martin Prado before the July 31st deadline, which won’t be because of an injury. Prado should be back with the team on Sunday, getting one game in before the team hits the All-Star break.
With Casey McGehee back in the fold, its surprising the Marlins want to rush Prado back with the break coming up. But if Prado is indeed brought back, he should take the 25-man roster spot from Adam Conley, who will be making his first big league start in the place of Mat Latos later today.
Now that we got the good news out of the way, time for the bad news:
Kelly made the Marlins as a non-roster invitee out of spring training, but appeared in only 2 games before going down with a broken finger on his ring finger. He has rehabbd the injury since, but obviously suffered a setback with his elbow.
While its not sure if he’ll need Tommy John surgery, that does seem like the sure bet right now. While Kelly’s loss is not good news, it will hardly affect the Marlins on the field, as the team has better options on the active roster.
Kelly owns a career .232/.296/.335 slash line with a 72 wRC+.
With Adam Conley making his first major league start, here’s the lineup he’ll have backing him up:
- Dee Gordon, 2B
- Christian Yelich, LF
- Adeiny Hechavarria, SS
- Justin Bour, 1B
- Casey McGehee, 3B
- Cole Gillespie, CF
- J.T. Realmuto, C
- Ichiro Suzki, RF
- Adam Conley, SP
Casey McGehee is back in the lineup for the Miami Marlins, one day after signing back with the club that rostered him in 2014.
The lineup does not look imposing at all. Hech as your number 3 hitter is already really bad, but McGehee batting 5th and Gillespie 6th is a very scary sight for a Major League team.
Follow Marlin Maniac on Twitter @MarlinManiac for all your Miami Marlins news, opinion and analysis!