The Marlins have been bad and they have been injured this season.
The Marlins continue to get worse and more injured.
According to manager Don Mattingly, RHP Edinson Volquez and SS J.T. Riddle will both miss the rest of the season due to injury.
Edinson Volquez and JT Riddle are out for the year, Don Mattingly said.— Tim Healey (@timbhealey) August 1, 2017
Volquez was placed on the 10-day DL July 7 with knee tendinitis, and as you can tell from the calendar, he has been on the disabled list for more than 10 days.
The 34-year-old starter reportedly tried to throw last week, but it did not go well at all, and the Marlins wanted to get a second opinion, which ultimately led to him being shut down.
Volquez, who signed a two-year, $22 million deal with Miami in the offseason, has struggled with injury all year. He spent 10 days on the DL in May with a blister on his finger and then gimped around for a few starts after injuring his knee in a collision June 3. Surprisingly enough, Volquez stayed in that game and pitched a no-hitter (also known as the high point of the Marlins season).
That no-hitter happened to be the only one thrown in the majors so far this season, but it hasn’t been all smooth sailing for Volquez. Despite his numbers getting better after a tumultuous 2016 campaign, the veteran’s 4.19 ERA, 1.42 WHIP and 7.9 K/9 in 17 starts were not enough to get the Marlins over the hump.
If Volquez somehow did stay healthy, he could have been a candidate to be moved at Major League Baseball’s August 30 waiver trade deadline. His contract wouldn’t have made him too attractive on waivers, so the Marlins could have had a chance to get some prospects for Volquez this month.
While Volquez maybe wasn’t part of the long-term plan, Riddle looks to be part of the future, and his injury should be concerning for Miami. Riddle, who hit .250 with a .637 OPS in the absence and ultimate departure of Adeiny Hechavarria, was placed on the DL with shoulder tendinitis last week.
However, an MRI revealed more serious damage to Riddle’s shoulder, and he may need surgery, according to the Miami Herald’s Clark Spencer. Volquez could also reportedly need surgery, but either way, both players are out for the year.
With Volquez done and Wei-Yin Chen nowhere to be found, Chris O’Grady (3.68 ERA in four starts) could stay in the rotation for the remainder of the season. As far as shortstop goes, you can expect Miguel Rojas to get regular at-bats there with Mike Aviles filling in as well.
Mattingly talked about all of Miami’s unfortunate injuries Tuesday, including updates on Justin Bour and Martin Prado.
Bour’s oblique injury could keep him out another four to six weeks, while Prado could make it back in a few weeks after his knee surgery last week, according to Spencer.