Miami Marlins second baseman Luis Arraez has made history for the team this season. Kim Ng's prized off-season acquisition won't bat over .400, as it once looked like he might, but has still turned into a legit superstar this season. With The Fish pursuing a playoff spot, Arraez getting injured is heartbreaking news. What happens next for Arraez now?
Miami Marlins second baseman Luis Arraez is the latest injured player.
Injuries can derail seasons, and the Miami Marlins have quite a few to deal with. Luckily, there's some positives for some. There's also some negatives for others, one of those others is second baseman Luis Arraez. Arraez spent a big part of this season looking as if he might bat .400 over the whole season. It's not going to happen, but that shouldn't take away from his amazing season.
Luis Arraez is worth 5.0 WAR this season. He has so far batted .354/.394/.471, with 10 home runs and 69 RBI in 144 games and 567 AB. Arraez is the best contact hitter in the game and should get some National League MVP votes as well. Unfortunately, Arraez has a left ankle sprain.
There's no set timetable for Arraez's return, but he's expected to be back day to day. He twisted his ankle after stepping on a ball, while fielding a ground ball. He did manage to walk off on his own, without any trainers helping him off of the field.
Luis Arraez had this to say yesterday:
"I hope I feel better tomorrow. If I feel good tomorrow, I'm in the lineup 100 percent."
That's a very admirable attitude and hopefully he will indeed be 100% fine as soon as possible.
In other Miami Marlins roster news, relief pitcher Chi Chi Gonzalez has been designated for assignment. Chi Chi hasn't been very successful with The Fish, producing a 7.36 ERA/5.98 FIP, with 7.4 K/9 and 2.5 BB/9 in 3 games and 3.2 innings pitched. He was very disappointing with the team, and is unlikely to be brought back again this season, and perhaps even at all in the future.