The injury bug struck again yesterday, when Christian Yelich was rested due to a tight back for the 8-2 win over Atlanta. Due to a noon game today, Yelich may be absent from the lineup again. Ichiro Suzuki manned left field last night and scored twice, adding another hit in the pursuit of 3000.
J.T. Realmuto has been called up from the minor leagues in light of Jeff Mathis' injury. The team's number two prospect is touted as the catcher of the future, but the organization feels that he is ready to contribute now.
The Marlins have now lost their top two pitchers to injury. While the Henderson Alvarez injury does not appear to be very severe or long-lasting, the Marlins are at a severe disadvantage without him. Here are the reactions to this latest setback for the Fish.
The injuries. The cold bats. Mat Latos. The first week and change of the 2015 season hasn't been particularly good for the Marlins. It is very early in the season, but is it time to panic?
Carter Capps made headlines last week when his pitches were deemed illegal in Triple-A due to his unorthodox delivery. Now back in the majors, Capps' delivery is legal per MLB rules. The umpires didn't see a problem in the game on Monday.
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There was a scary moment in Cleveland last night when Indians starter Carlos Carrasco was hit by a comeback liner. X-rays came back negative for a head injury or concussion, but he did suffer a jaw contusion.
Pablo Snadoval was hit by a pitch from Stephen Strasburg and left the game with a bruised left left foot on Tuesday. This led to Hanley Ramirez taking his place at third base for the first time since 2012, his last season with the Marlins.
The Kansas City Royals barely lost the World Series and then lost James Shields this off-season. However, they have raced out to a 6-0 start. Therefore, some people think that they should be regarded as the AL favorite.
Some say Yasiel Puig is flamboyant; others say he is arrogant. Whatever your opinion, Puig has decided to cut back on the bat flips out of respect for the history of baseball. He hasn't fully ruled out letting his emotions take control in the future, though.
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Relive game two against the Braves as it happened with the game thread as the Marlins looked to beat Atlanta for the first time this season.
Gone are the days of drafting multiple pitchers who turn out to be busts. In recent years, the Marlins have bolstered their roster with the likes of Giancarlo Stanton and Christian Yelich, who have managed to successfully contribute to the big league club on a consistent basis.
Things haven't gone according to plan so far for Miami in 2015. The club currently sits at 2-6 and is facing multiple problems, including injuries and a lack of offense.
David Phelps was brought in to be a long-reliever and spot starter this year for the Marlins. He is being called upon to be a part of the rotation sooner than expected as Henderson Alvarez is now on the DL. Brad Hand will also play a role, as he looks to build upon his strong outing against the Braves last week.