The time was his. He finally earned it. The Miami Marlins picked third baseman Ed Lucas to be on the final roster. It was about time because Lucas tore the cover off the ball at the end of September and became one of Miami’s best hitters in the month. He then continued his hot streak in spring training. Lucas beat out infielders Donovan Solano and Derek Dietrich for the spot.
With his roster spot on the Marlins’ Opening Day secure for the first time, it seemed like things were finally looking up for the 10-year minor league veteran ballplayer. However, in the eighth inning of a Grapefruit League game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Lucas took a ball to his hand. Lucas broke his hand and will now have to start the season on the disabled list with teammate Rafael Furcal.
Lucas finished the spring batting .333/.415/.500 in 14 games with Miami. He hit one home run and drove in five RBI as well as scored eight runs. Miami had a nice spring as a hole, finishing near the top of the Grapefruit League standings. The injury to Lucas hurts the Marlins lineup because what was first set in stone is now going to have to change drastically.
Miami was expecting to have Furcal at the top and Lucas at the bottom, but with injuries to both players, the entire lineup has to go through a reshuffle as the team prepares for its Opening Day game against the Colorado Rockies on Monday.