Miami Marlins young outfield prospect Marcell Ozuna underwent successful surgery to repair a torn ligament on his injured thumb Saturday after hitting the disabled list Thursday. It looked like Ozuna may have lost his roster spot when the organization recalled outfielders Christian Yelich and Jake Marisnick, but the loss was only due to injury.
Ozuna is batting a modest .265/.309/.389 with three home runs and 32 RBIs in his first 70 major league games. He has been one of the bright spots for the upbeat Marlins since joining the full-time roster. This injury only sets his progress that he has made back, and if he does come back this season, he could land at Double-A Jacksonville instead of the Marlins. Ozuna is scheduled to miss 4-6 weeks.
For now, Marisnick and Yelich will roam the meadows of Marlins park with Giancarlo Stanton. Ozuna will have to try to make the team again next year, assuming he is out for the reset of the season and the Marlins do not bring him back to the 25-man roster. It definitely hurts his development as a prospect and it does hurt the team in a way because Ozuna had more big-league experience than Yelich and Marisnick at the time of their call up.
The young Miami team will get a good look at the future of the organization with what it has on the field right now. The next four or five years can be predicted within the next two and a half months of the season.