Miami Marlins Next Man Up: Miguel Rojas Injured in Mets Game

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 06: Miguel Rojas #19 of the Miami Marlins reacts after being injured on a double play in the third inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field on August 06, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 06: Miguel Rojas #19 of the Miami Marlins reacts after being injured on a double play in the third inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field on August 06, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images) /
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The Miami Marlins have had a run of great luck as far as injuries go with their starter at shortstop, Miguel Rojas.

Miami Marlins starting shortstop Miguel Rojas has appeared in a team-third 108 games this season, but in the top of the third, he landed an awkward step in trying to beat out an infield double play ball. He had to be helped off the field.

If there’s one thing that Miami Marlins fans could count on day-in and day-out, it’s the presence of plus-defense and a solid bat in the lineup from Rojas, now in his fifth season with the Marlins. Rojas is hitting .291/.345/.386 with four homers and 33 RBI for the Miami Marlins in 2019.

After Rojas was helped off the field, he was replaced in the order by Curtis Granderson, and in the field by then-current center fielder Jon Berti. There is as-yet no official word on Rojas’ status.

Rojas will likely need to make a trip to the injured list, which begs the question: who’s up next?

Obvious Abbott and Costello reference aside (Laurel and Hardy? idk – enlighten me in the comments), the Miami Marlins have a plethora of young hitters with the Triple-A New Orleans Baby Cakes and the Double-A Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp who could fill in in a pinch. The sound choice for a call-up at this point seems to be six-year minor league veteran shortstop Eddy Alvarez, who is hitting .351/.424/.589 with eight homers and 29 RBI in 42 games for the Baby Cakes. Alvarez also has stolen nine bases with New Orleans.

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Other possibilities include outfielders Austin Dean and Magneuris Sierra. Shortstop Jazz Chisholm would be a surprising development, and I think the Miami Marlins system would rather “season” him a little longer before throwing him in the deep end. I’m not sure how close shortstop JT Riddle is in his recovery, but if he’s close enough he could be the Miami Marlins first choice.

But I really think Alvarez should get a chance here. There’s not many places for a 29-year-old rookie to make a splash, and the Miami Marlins are as likely a spot as any. Look what they did for reliever Nick Anderson before they traded him to the Tampa Bay Rays last week!

First and foremost, we here at Marlin Maniac wish Miguel Rojas a speedy and complete recovery. Whatever happens, we’ll keep you posted here at Marlin Maniac. Subscribe to our daily newsletter to keep up with everything. In the meantime, follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook for Miami Marlins coverage. Thanks for reading.

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