Throughout the 2019 season, Fish Stripes will pass along updates on injured Marlins players and top prospects as they attempt to get back on the field. Here is what we’ve learned in recent days...
- Another setback for Rule 5 Draft pick RHP Riley Ferrell. After two months on the IL with biceps tendinitis, he’s been removed from rehab due to mild lat soreness, according to Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill. Ferrell had made four relief appearances between Double-A Jacksonville and Triple-A New Orleans in recent weeks. He will need to join the Marlins active roster by July 2 to accumulate 90 regular season days with his new organization. Otherwise, his Rule 5 status would carry over into 2020.
Also on the injured list: RHP Drew Steckenrider, C Chad Wallach, INF/OF Jon Berti, OF/1B Peter O’Brien, RHP Julian Fernández
- OF Monte Harrison (hamstring strain) hasn’t played since Saturday and he’ll continue to sit throughout this week. The move to the injured list is considered precautionary with no long-term concerns. Harrison is slashing .288/.386/.472 (116 wRC+) for Triple-A New Orleans and leading the entire Marlins organization with 19 stolen bases.
- One month after being placed on the injured list with right knee tendinitis, RHP Nick Neidert remains without a firm timetable to return. Michael Hill clarified that it is a meniscus injury. Neidert expects to avoid surgery and pitch again in 2019. The 22-year-old is regarded by some as the second-best Marlins pitching prospect (trailing only Sixto Sánchez).
- SS José Devers (forearm strain) continues to progress. He’s slated to participate for High-A in the Florida State League All-Star Game on June 15 and has been swinging the bat extremely well (.325/.385/.366, 127 wRC+).
- Slightly behind schedule after aggravating a leg injury in extended spring training, OF Davis Bradshaw made his season debut for Low-A Clinton last Friday. He’s 1-for-8 at the plate so far. The 2018 draft selection quietly thrived last summer—.354/.418/.427, 146 wRC+—and could move up through the farm system fairly quickly by remaining healthy.