The Marlins hope a hip injury won’t keep shortstop Miguel Rojas out of the lineup for any length of time.
"Per Elizabeth Finny of MLB.com, “Rojas left Thursday afternoon’s game after three innings with right hip tightness sustained while running the bases.”"
Rojas was injured in a game where left fielder Harold Ramirez hit a walk-off homer in the 12th inning giving the team a 5-4 victory at Marlins Park.
Rojas, who has swung a hot bat of late, was the subject of trade rumors this past week that never materialized. His versatility in the infield makes him a valuable commodity for the organization as the Marlins transition to bringing in younger players after the MLB Trade Deadline.
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Don Mattingly has been able to use a mixture of youth and experience in his lineups this season. Rojas is also a key defensively for this ballclub.
"“In the popup that [Brian Anderson] hit to center field, trying to come back to the base and trying to tag up to second base,” Rojas said. “And something grabbed on my hamstring, I thought it was my hamstring. After, when [Neil] Walker hit the double, I didn’t want to run 100 percent in case it was my hamstring.”"
Although he was not traded on Wednesday, the organization did send pitcher Zac Gallen to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Jazz Chisholm who was the team’s No. 1 minor league prospect and would appear to be the Marlins shortstop of the future.
The team had Friday off which gave Rojas a day to rest. The team resumes playing on Saturday when they host cross-state rival Tampa Bay for a two-game series before heading to New York for a rare four-game series with the New York Mets.
With the injury and the time off in between opponents, Mattingly is optimistic about Rojas returning to the lineup soon.
"“I think he’s OK,” said Mattingly. “We think with the day off tomorrow that he’ll be good in Tampa. Said he got better, got a little bit of treatment.”"
Yadiel Rivera replaced Rojas after he was taken out of the game.