It was dangerous sufficient that the Miami Marlins misplaced beginning pitcher Max Meyer after simply 10 pitches due to right elbow discomfort of their eventual 1-0 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday at PNC Park.
However the damage bug manifested itself twice extra as the sport progressed, making a defensive ripple impact for Miami within the remaining innings Saturday and has the potential to create longer-term ripple results on the offense because the Marlins attempt to keep afloat within the Nationwide League playoff race.
Garrett Cooper sustained a proper wrist damage after getting hit by a pitch within the eighth inning and Brian Anderson harm his left shoulder diving for a ball within the sixth inning.
Actual updates weren’t instantly obtainable on both participant postgame. Cooper mentioned his X-ray confirmed “one thing” and the preliminary prognosis is a contusion however he’s awaiting outcomes of a CT scan to find out the precise severity. Anderson mentioned he’ll bear an MRI on Sunday.
“It’s been a troublesome day for us,” Anderson mentioned.
Cooper’s damage occurred when he was hit by an up-and-in 96.3 mph Wil Crowe sinker on his proper wrist in the identical spot the place he needed to have season-ending surgical procedure in 2018.
He went to the bottom in foul territory and was checked on by supervisor Don Mattingly and assistant athletic coach Ben Potenziano earlier than retreating to the dugout.
Cooper has had seven injured record stints in his Marlins profession, together with two that ended his season — the wrist in 2018 and his left elbow in 2021.
“It’s nearly comical at this level,” mentioned Cooper, who earned his first All-Star nod this season as a chosen hitter after making it by means of the primary half of the season with out an IL stint. “You realize, these guys on the pitching facet, they need to throw 97 up in your palms. I’m not an enormous fan of that. I believe [if you have] elite management and miss up and in, I’m a fan of that. Simply to have one thing like this once more, I’m don’t actually have any phrases for it proper now. Whether it is one thing massive, you’re taking the lumps and you progress ahead.”
Anderson felt the left shoulder damage happen when he dove to his left on a Cal Mitchell groundball that beat the shift for a single within the sixth inning. It was one among a number of dives Anderson made on groundballs Saturday.
“I used to be positive on all of them,” Anderson mentioned, “till the final one.”
Anderson, who had two separate injured list stints final season resulting from left shoulder subluxation and ultimately needed surgery, additionally felt positive sufficient to hit within the seventh, flying out to guide off the body, however was changed defensively for the underside half.
That coupled with Cooper’s damage made issues attention-grabbing for Mattingly.
Luke Williams, who began in left discipline, took Anderson’s spot at third base. JJ Bleday entered as a defensive alternative in left discipline, making his MLB debut within the course of.
Cooper pinch-hit for Williams within the eighth and, if not for the hit by pitch, possible would have gone to first base with Jesus Aguilar transferring to 3rd base.
However as soon as Cooper sustained the damage, Miami’s bench consisted of simply two outfielders — Billy Hamilton and Jesus Sanchez. Hamilton pinch-ran for Cooper. Sanchez then pinch-hit for Jacob Stallings, emptying the bench.
Mattingly, in consequence, needed to play Hamilton within the infield for the eighth inning.
“We undoubtedly bought challenged at the moment,” Mattingly mentioned. “We had been out of gamers fairly fast.”
However the greater drawback is how the group appears to be like long-term if the Cooper and Anderson accidents are vital contemplating Jazz Chisholm Jr. is already out till at the very least early September with a stress fracture in his again and Jon Berti can be on the injured record.
Lewin Diaz can be a logical choice to interchange Cooper and work the primary base tandem with Aguilar.
Miguel Rojas and Joey Wendle present the Marlins with two of their infielders. Williams is an choice at second base and third base.
As for depth behind them? Jose Devers is the one wholesome infielder on the 40-man roster. Willians Astudillo is with the group on the taxi squad. Erik Gonzalez and Charles Leblanc are inside choices at Triple A Jacksonville.
This story was initially printed July 23, 2022 11:38 PM.