DL Visit for Another Important Piece

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May 5, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; Miami Marlins third baseman Miguel Rojas (19) hits a double against the New York Mets in the fourth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
May 5, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; Miami Marlins third baseman Miguel Rojas (19) hits a double against the New York Mets in the fourth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Miami Marlins are suffering with injuries. What is the latest result of this trend?

The Miami Marlins are really struggling with injuries right now. We found out about Martin Prado going to the DL earlier this week and J.T. Riddle being recalled from Triple-A New Orleans. Prado can expect to have some company on the DL now.

The Marlins have announced that Miguel Rojas will be joining the team captain on the DL with a broken thumb.

Originally broken by Manny Navarro of the Miami Herald, Rojas could end up missing “months” of playing time because of the broken thumb.

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This comes at a particularly inconvenient time for the Fish. They just lost their team captain as well as two “pivotal” parts of the struggling starting rotation.

Rojas, on the season has been quite the surprise for the Fish. The utility man has slashed an impressive .338/.389/.400 so far on the season with four RBI.

All of this has been done this season while giving Adeiny Hechavarria a break at short and providing days off for other players, including Prado.

It was expected that Rojas would be spending more time at third once news broke of Prado hitting the DL. With Rojas joining the DL it would seem that Derek Deitrich and Riddle will be splitting time at the hot corner.

Riddle has not played any games at third in the minors but seems more than willing to play the position at the big-league level.

Who will join the Major League roster?

It has been speculated that Tyler Moore will be joining the Fish in the show. It would make sense as Moore originally made the roster to start the season. Prado was sidelined with the same hamstring injury.

While up with the Fish at the beginning of the season, Moore was able to slash .364/.364/.455. While it would be nice to see Moore take a few more pitches for potential walks, he wasn’t disappointing with the bat in a very small sample size.

Riddle, on the other hand, has seen a few more at bats than Moore this season with slightly less impressive numbers. Over his own small sample size, Riddle has hit .143/.133/.357. Most memorable was the walk off home run earlier in the season against the Mets.

It seems like decades ago since we saw Riddle hit his walk-off home run. However, it was still less than a month to go. I suppose that it was a losing few weeks will do. Losing Rojas and Prado is definitely a shot in the leg. However, the Marlins did fare slightly better with Riddle in the lineup.

Next: Miami Marlins send Prado to the DL; recall Riddle

Maybe he is their good luck charm? Regardless, the Fish will need to start turning things around soon if they hope to compete this season.

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