The Miami Marlins had to replace their third baseman for the second time in as many games when Miguel Rojas left the game with a left ankle contusion.
The Miami Marlins once again may be dealing with another injury to the organization’s third baseman. Per Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, “[Miguel] Rojas was removed in the second inning of the Marlins’ 6-1 loss in Game 2 against the Braves with a left ankle contusion.”
Rojas suffered the injury while trying to advance from first to third base on a Bryan Holaday single. The veteran was thrown out by left fielder Ronald Acuna Jr.
Rojas entered the first game of the doubleheader to replace Martin Prado who suffered a quad injury in Game 1. The Marlins have announced Prado was placed on the disabled list and infielder/outfielder Christopher Bostick was recalled from Triple-A New Orleans to fill the roster spot.
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"“It didn’t sound like it was overly serious, but that doesn’t mean it’s a one-day thing or something,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. “We’ll find out really what happens tomorrow.”"
The Marlins have options should both players be out of action for more than a few games. Brian Anderson, who started the season at third, could return from the outfield.
Also, with the 40-man expanded roster in a couple of weeks, Mattingly could use prospects to determine their progress and value for next season.
Rojas slid into the base but was tagged out by Johan Carmargo. He stood up and favored his leg as he left the field. He was seen limped to the dugout.
This has been Rojas’ best season at the plate, hitting nine home runs with 44 RBI.
While explaining the injury to the media, he said as he watch Acuna make the play, he felt the rookie had slow-played the ball, which was the reason he was aggresive on the base pads.
"“I saw he was flat-footed, and I was trying keep going there, to make it to third,” Rojas said. “But I was aware of the situation. It wasn’t the right time to try to take the extra base. The pitcher was behind. It was two outs, early in the game. It’s on me.”"
The depth of the infield now has to be a concern for Mattingly, who will use Bostick in the lineup, but there is no veteran presence around the diamond.
Rojas has been a versatile player for the Marlins. He has played at shortstop while J.T. Riddle has dealt with a hitting slump and has played third base this season.