Despite losing a series to the Philadelphia Phillies, the Miami Marlins have been playing excellent baseball. Part of the reason for their success is that they have remained healthy. At this time last year, key contributors Christian Yelich, Jose Fernandez, and Henderson Alvarez were on the disabled list. This year, the Marlins have suffered a few injuries to the bullpen, but players such as David Phelps and Kyle Barraclough have stepped up as strong replacements.
This does not mean that the Marlins have been without injury scares. Last Tuesday, Justin Bour injured his pinky finger sliding into second base. Below you will find updates on the Marlins' injury-related transactions and specific players' injury situations.
- Carter Capps - 60-day DL
- Mike Dunn - 15-day DL (March 25th)
- Edwin Jackson - 15-day DL (April 19th)
Bour dislocated his left pinkie finger sliding to second base in the eighth inning last Tuesday against the Arizona Diamondbacks. He received an X-ray and also saw the team's University of Miami Health System hand specialist, Dr. Patrick Owens. The injury is not serious, and in an interview with reporters Bour revealed that he actually reset his pinky immediately after it was dislocated:
"Owens said I did a good job of resetting it. It's just one of those things where I've got to get the inflammation down.
Bour returned to action on Friday and appeared no worse for wear, batting .333/.429/.833 over the weekend.
Jackson was placed on the 15-day DL on April 19th with a right triceps strain. He has already pitched two bullpen sessions and is expected to pitch a simulated game on Wednesday. I expect him to be a few weeks away from a return to the Marlins.
Dunn was placed on the disabled list on March 25th with a left forearm strain. He was originally expected to return in early April, but suffered a setback while throwing a bullpen session. In last week's injury report, I included a quote from Mattingly that indicated Dunn is around a month from returning. He is expected to throw another bullpen session today, which hopefully goes better than his session in early April.
It is no surprise that the Marlins are playing excellent baseball when healthy, as the starting lineup is loaded with talent. However, do the Marlins have enough depth if an injury does occur? In the bullpen, that question has been answered with Barraclough and Phelps pitching well. Now, let's hope the Marlins don't have to answer that question again.
THE CURSE!!! Nefi Ogando was placed on the 15-day DL:
#Marlins RHP Nefi Ogando placed in 15-day DL (retro to May 9) with fractured rib on right side. RHP Nick Wittgren (#64) recalled from NOLA.— Joe Frisaro (@JoeFrisaro) May 10, 2016