Miami Marlins' Donovan Solano May Start Opening Day

By Ryan Gaydos
Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports
Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

Another injury to Miami Marlins second baseman Rafael Furcal would be a big setback for both parties. It seems as though that is going to happen as Opening Day is less than a week away.

Furcal missed all of the 2013 season because of Tommy John surgery and has not played much in the Grapefruit League this spring training. He has been limited to only 18 at-bats due to another injury. Furcal has an injured left hamstring which is still not at 100 percent. Miami has the chance to place him on the disabled list retroactive to Mar. 21 which would make him eligible to return Apr. 6.

His potential replacement could be last year’s second baseman in Donovan Solano. Currently Solano is slated to be a backup infielder ready to play at any position. The signing of Furcal pushed him back to that position, but now it seems likely Solano will be back as the Marlins’ starter. He is not the most ideal person to start considering his .249/.305/.316 with 34 RBI.

Derek Dietrich would also get consideration for the job considering he is the one Miami wanted to have in there all along, but because of his stunted growth, he has been subjected to the minors for a longer period of time than first hoped for.

The competition for the job as spring training winds down will be between Solano and Dietrich. Both players have similar statistics, batting over the .300 mark. Both players have struck out a lot in spring as well. The organization has a lot to consider.

Ryan Gaydos is an MLB columnist for Follow him on Twitter, “like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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