The Marlins hope one of its more consistent players is back on the field sooner rather than later.
The Miami Marlins continue to deal with injuries on their 25-man roster. Shortstop Miguel Rojas left the game in the fifth inning of the team’s 10-6 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers with what team officials are calling a right shoulder strain.
The hope is this is not something that will hinder the team’s starter for a long period of time. Rojas has been one of the more consistent players this season. He was replaced by Yadiel Rivera.
"“I’m not sure if he’ll need a day or something,” said [Don] Mattingly following the contest Saturday night. “He could’ve banged it up last night on the dive, and then he irritated it a little on the first at-bat when he kind of went down to a hand, jolted that shoulder. I think he’ll be all right. I’m not sure when, but I think he’ll be OK.”"
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
The Marlins have been stung by injuries to key players this season. The Marlins are 36-60 this season and 25-29 in their last 54 games. Rojas came to the Marlins in 2014 along with Dee Gordon from the Los Angeles Dodgers, where he was a player in their minor league system and the time of the transaction.
The news of Rojas’s injury wasn’t the only update the Marlins offered this weekend and a number of players are working towards making it back to the Major League roster.
"Per Sarah Wexler of MLB.com, “Right-hander Drew Steckenrider threw a 25-pitch bullpen session on Friday after throwing 15 fastballs off a mound on Tuesday. Steckenrider has been out with right elbow inflammation since May 7.”"
Adding Steckenrider to the bullpen could affect the team at the trade deadline (July 31).
Also, Right-handed starter Pablo Lopez took part in a 20-pitch bullpen session on Tuesday and threw another session on Saturday. Lopez has been out of action with a right shoulder strain since June 19.
There is no word yet when he may return to the rotation. The success of Jordan Yamamoto, coupled with the return of Caleb Smith from the I.L., allows the front office to bring their right-hander back slowly.
Jose Urena is still a ways away from returning to the mound, but some progress has been made. He is doing throwing sessions but is not involved in long tossing yet. A back strain placed the Opening Day starter on the 60-day I.L.