Ely Sussman vents about the Marlins’ lack of motivation to pursue viable replacements for their injured infielders (3:40) and reviews what we know about the Sixto Sánchez shoulder injury saga (17:20).
Enjoy Episode 113!
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The 22-year-old Sánchez initially suffered his right shoulder injury while pitching at the Marlins’ alternate training site in Jacksonville on March 31. The team referred to it as inflammation in the back of the shoulder and sidelined him for approximately two weeks. For reasons that remain unclear, it took six weeks for Sánchez to progress from light throwing to taking the mound for his first bullpen session. That progression is typically twice as fast, particularly for somebody who was mostly stretched out for a starter’s workload at the time of the shutdown.
Prior to Tuesday’s game, the Marlins announced that Sánchez experienced discomfort in his shoulder in between bullpen sessions. Expect another update on his status this weekend.
In his first big league opportunity during the 2020 season, Sánchez posted a 3.46 ERA and 3.50 FIP in 39.0 IP (plus two postseason starts). Sánchez accrued 103 days of major league service time from that, but he was optioned at the end of 2021 spring training, pausing his clock. If the Marlins wait until July 28 to recall him from the minor leagues, they can ensure that their club control over him extends through the 2027 season.
Sánchez is still regarded by many evaluators as the top overall prospect in the Marlins farm system, though fellow right-hander Max Meyer has been closing that gap.
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