The Marlins have once again lost one of their starting pitchers to injury this season.
Prior to the start of the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp’s season, I attended the team’s media day here on the First Coast. Manager Kevin Randel was pleased with his pitching staff, especially the thought of having both Robert Dugger and Jordan Yamamoto in the rotation. Now, both pitchers have started on the Major League level for the Miami Marlins.
On Wednesday, it was announced that Yamamoto has a forearm strain and Dugger would get the call to replace his former Jumbo Shrimp teammate on the mound for his second career MLB start against the Cincinnati Reds.
"Per Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, “The Marlins rotation took a hit on Wednesday with the team placing rookie Jordan Yamamoto on the 10-day injured list due to a right forearm strain. Miami’s No. 24 prospect according to MLB Pipeline, Robert Dugger, who was expected to be a September callup, has been recalled from Triple-A New Orleans.”"
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We shall see if Dugger fares better than his last outing where he was shelled and gave up six runs in five innings. Yamamoto, who started the season 4-0, has seen his season take a backslide of late. With the Marlins expanding their roster on Friday, the organization can take their time bringing back the 23-year-old.
Like many of the Marlins top prospects, both Dugger and Yamamoto came to the organization by trade after the team was sold to by Jeffrey Loria.
Dugger, along with Nick Neidert and Christopher Torres, was traded to the Miami Marlins in exchange for Dee Gordon and international slot money. Yamamoto was part of the five-player trade with the Milwaukee Brewers involving Christian Yelich.
"“Dugger split time this year at Double-A Jacksonville and Triple-A New Orleans, combining for an 8-10 record with a 5.15 ERA in 23 starts and 124 innings,” Frisaro added. “The right-hander went 6-6 with a 3.31 ERA at Double-A, and is 2-4 with a 7.59 ERA in 10 starts with the Baby Cakes.”"
Pitching injuries have been an issue for Miami this season as the rotation has taken a beating. Pablo Lopez just returned to the rotation from a shoulder strain. The team is waiting for the return of Jose Urena, who will move to the bullpen and become the team’s closer.