The injury bug struck the Miami Marlins once again during Thursday’s game against the Phillies.
Despite being firmly in-the-mix in the loaded NL East currently, the Miami Marlins have suffered numerous injuries to key everyday players throughout the entire season up to this point. There was one unfortunately added to that list on Thursday when starting SS Miguel Rojas suffered a hand injury when sliding back into first base.
While Miami is set to receive a return this week from previously injured outfielder Starling Marte, it appears Rojas will be forced to miss some time with this injury. While it is unknown how much time will be missed, the Marlins will have to find a way to replace Rojas, who has arguably been the most consistent hitter in Miami’s lineup up to this point.
Replacing the veteran leadership and production of Rojas will not be easy, but is something the Marlins have the depth to do internally.
The Miami Marlins have multiple options to start at shortstop.
The Marlins have multiple options to step in and start at shortstop with the most obvious being current 2B Jazz Chisholm.
While Chisholm currently plays second base for the Marlins, he is actually a natural shortstop. We’ve seen how good Chisholm is, and can be, so far during his young career both in the field and at the plate. While it would be up to the team on whether they move Chisholm from 2B to SS, just know he is plenty capable of handling either role defensively.
One player I believe will benefit the most from Rojas’ absence is SS Jose Devers. The Marlins #8 prospect is a versatile infielder, as well as an excellent contact hitter. While he currently only has 4 hits in 16 at-bats so far this season, expect Devers to be in the lineup often while Rojas is out.
Lastly, one player reported to be called up to replace Rojas on the roster is 27-year old SS Luis Marte. Marte has spent 10 years in the minor leagues where he is a career .250 hitter, and has a .263 AVG with 3 HRs and 11 RBIs through 18 games so far this season in Triple-A. Marte will be making his MLB debut, and has the ability to play multiple positions on the field.
Replacing Rojas on and off the field will not be easy, but the Marlins have options. Chisholm will be a given in the everyday lineup when healthy, but Miami’s success over the next couple of weeks may rely on the performance of Devers and Marte.