The Miami Marlins have been hit with a barrage of injuries, and it makes rotation improvements even more vital to the team's success. The Fish are dealing with injuries to closer A.J. Puk, CF Jazz Chisholm Jr. and OF Jesus Sanchez. There's also RF Avisail Garcia, but we wrote about him before. Puk and Sanchez are both on the injured list (15 day for Puk and 10 day for Sanchez). Let's take a look at the situation and see how bad it is...
The Miami Marlins have a couple of injured player.
Jesus Sanchez tweaked his hamstring and is on the injured list for 10 days. He can be activated on May 24. It doesn't sound too serious, so that is good news as Sanchez has been having a sort of a breakout season. He's currently batting .290/.364/.551, with 3 home runs and 10 RBI in 29 games and 69 AB. He's been mostly used as a platoon bat, but it's clear that he's hitting and that's all that matters. Consideration should probably be made about him becoming a starter when he's back.
Jazz Chisholm Jr. is not on the injured list at the moment. He's actually set to receive an MRI today on what so far has been described as a "turf toe". We won't know whether he will require an injured list stint or not until said MRI. He is currently batting .229/.291/.403, with 7 home runs and 16 RBI in 39 games and 144 AB. Let's hope that the star is fine and will be able to return to game action this week.
The final injured player that I wanted to discuss is closer A.J. Puk. Puk has nerve irritation in his left elbow, which is quite worrying of course. Any time a pitcher has elbow issues it's alarming, and Puk is of course now on the 15-day IL. Puk has emerged as an elite closer, though he's struggled a bit lately. He currently has a 3.07 ERA/3.30 FIP with 11.7 K/9 and 1.8 BB/9. In the meantime, Dylan Floro will step in as the closer.