Martin Prado was looking forward to the upcoming series against the New York Yankees, his former team. But after injuring his right shoulder Sunday, the third baseman could be left watching the two-game series Monday and Tuesday.
Prado sprained his right right shoulder when he stumbled and fell while running across first base in the first inning. He left the game immediately and was listed as day-to-day.
“Right now, I’m in a lot of pain,” Prado said in the clubhouse afterward, his right arm tucked inside his shirt to limit movement.
Assuming the pain doesn’t decrease significantly by Monday, Prado said he will likely receive an injection to accelerate the healing process. If so, he would not be able to play through Wednesday.
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“First of all, they want to know how I feel tomorrow,” Prado said. “I’ve got to go see the doctor [Monday] to see how painful it is.”
Crowds in excess of 30,000 are expected for each of the two games at Marlins Park on Monday and Tuesday.
“It’s kind of upsetting for me,” Prado said of perhaps missing the Yankees series. “But there are things you can’t control in this game, and injuries are part of the game.”
Jose Fernandez made the long leap from Single A to the majors, bypassing the high minors altogether, when he arrived on the big-league scene in 2013 as a rookie. On Wednesday, Fernandez will receive his first taste of Triple A when he makes his next rehab start for New Orleans.
Manager Dan Jennings said Sunday that Fernandez’s next stop in his comeback from Tommy John surgery will be with the Zephyrs in Round Rock, Texas. Jennings said Fernandez is expected to throw from 75 to 80 pitches for the Zephyrs.
Fernandez was sensational Friday when he pitched for Single A Jupiter.
“I think that was a mental hurdle for him to crawl over,” Jennings said of Fernandez, who could rejoin the Marlins in late June or early July. “He was on Cloud 10.”
Jennings said pitcher Jarred Cosart (vertigo) will make what “should” be his final rehab start on Tuesday, also for New Orleans.
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▪ First baseman Michael Morse took batting practice for the first time on Saturday since landing on the DL with a sprained finger and could begin a rehab assignment Wednesday.
“It’s coming around,” Jennings said of Morse’s injury. “I think now he’s actually swinging the bat without the pain in his joint, and the swelling has gone down. His next step will be to go out and get some at bats [in the minors] from a timing standpoint.”
▪ Jennings said the upcoming rotation would remain the same, with Tom Koehler going Monday against the Yankees and David Phelps facing his former team Tuesday.
“The next change will be when Cosart comes back, and we’ll insert him and go from there,” Jennings said.
▪ Monday: Marlins RHP Tom Koehler (4-4, 4.00 ERA) vs. New York Yankees RHP Masahiro Tanaka (4-1, 2.48), 7:10 p.m. at Marlins Park.
▪ Tuesday: Marlins RHP David Phelps (3-3, 4.11) vs. New York Yankees RHP Nathan Eovaldi (5-1, 4.13), 7:10 p.m. at Marlins Park.