Miami Marlins Suffer Two Injuries in Loss

By Michael Terrill
Miami Marlins Suffer Two Injuries in Loss
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Miami Marlins starting pitcher Alex Sanabia and second baseman Chris Valaika both suffered injuries in the team’s 5-1 loss to the San Diego Padres Tuesday night.

Sanabia experienced a slight right groin strain, but the right-hander is confident that he should be able to make his next start. However, the team will not know for sure until after they perform a re-evaluation of the injury on Wednesday.

“I felt it on that last pitch to Alonso,” Sanabia told “Something minor. It’s just minor. We did a couple of tests. Everything felt smooth.”

The 24-year-old left the game after surrendering four runs (three earned) in just 4 1/3 innings.

Meanwhile, Valaika left Tuesday’s game after he suffered a left wrist injury. After the 27-year-old took X-Rays of his wrist, it was revealed that he has a small fracture in his left radius bone. The injury occurred when Padres’ Yonder Alonso hit Valaika’s hand on a stolen base attempt.

“Alonso was stealing second, and I was just trying to get to the base,” Valaika said, according to “I was just trying to get my hand in there, and kind of got bent back and hyperextended. I knew right away something didn’t feel right.”

The injury appears to be rather serious as Valaika could spend time on the disabled list. With that being said, nothing will be revealed until Wednesday at the very earliest, and even then the extent of the injury may be unknown.

Sanabia is 2-5 with a 4.85 earned run average and 22 strikeouts in seven starts this season. Valaika is batting .219 with one home run, nine RBI, five doubles and four runs in 64 at-bats.

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