Center field has suddenly gone from a strength of this Marlins team to their biggest question mark after Starling Marte suffered an apparent injury in Sunday’s game. Ely Sussman analyzes the biggest takeaways from the Giants series (3:20) before unpacking all the repercussions of trying to compete without Marte’s steady production (14:20).
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On Monday afternoon, the Marlins shared Marte’s diagnosis:
Update: Marlins OF Starling Marte underwent an MRI today, which revealed a non-displaced fracture in his 12th rib (left side). He will refrain from activity for 5-7 days before being re-evaluated.— Marlins Communications (@MarlinsComms) April 19, 2021
Magneuris Sierra and Lewis Brinson—expected to be recalled from the Fish Tank once Marte is officially placed on the IL—are the main beneficiaries of this loss. They have combined for only one start in 2021. Jon Berti should also see an uptick in playing time (he’s been limited to 31 plate appearances through the first 15 Marlins games).
On the offensive side, Jazz Chisholm Jr. deserves to be considered for a move into the newly vacant No. 2 spot of the batting order. But I think it’s more likely that Don Mattingly takes a conservative approach and essentially shifts everybody up a spot.
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