NEW YORK Sunday’s victory came at a price for the Marlins.
Third baseman Martin Prado re-injured his right hamstring and is likely headed to the disabled list for the second time this season. Prado started the season on the DL with the hamstring injury that he sustained during the World Baseball Classic.
“The first time I did it in the WBC, I was able to walk normal,” Prado said. “This time, I feel it when I walk.”
Prado said he would undergo an MRI in Miami either Monday or Tuesday.
But all indications are he’ll return to the DL and the Marlins will likely call up infielder J.T. Riddle from Triple A New Orleans. Riddle was scratched from the New Orleans lineup soon after Prado left Sunday’s game at Citi Field.
“Anytime I say hamstring, you know it’s not going to be good,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. “Just the way he walked off, he’s going to be a DL.”
Prado was expecting a rest day on Sunday as Miguel Rojas started in his place at third base. But Rojas came out in the bottom of the second after injuring his right thumb when he struck out on a check swing in the first.
“I didn’t know it was going to be that bad,” Rojas said. “Then it started swelling, and I couldn’t grip the ball. It started swelling up. I couldn’t hold the bat.”
Prado came off the bench to replace Rojas at third. After singling with two outs in the seventh, Prado tried to go to third on Derek Dietrich’s double. But Prado said he felt something while approaching second and slowed to a limp as he went to third.
“Just frustration,” Prado said of the latest setback. “I don’t think there is another word. Things are not going the right way.”
Dietrich took over at third following the injuries to Rojas and Prado and could see additional time there in the coming days and weeks. Riddle can also play third but has been used almost exclusively at shortstop.
THIS AND THAT
▪ It’s not better to give than receive. Just ask the Marlins.
Marlins pitchers are doling out free passes as if they’re throwing penny candy off a parade float. No team in the majors has issued as many walks, and the starting staff is walking batters at a historic rate.
Marlins hitters, meanwhile, are among the very worst at drawing walks.
“Every one of those walks is like a hit,” Mattingly said.
And the Marlins are losing the walk war.
“It is something we’ve discussed, talked about,” Mattingly said. “It’s something we’re definitely addressing. We have to make teams earn what they get from us.”
Marlins starters are averaging 4.83 walks per nine innings. If that rate continues, they’ll finish with the sixth-highest walk rate in Major League Baseball history — and the highest by any team in 30 years.
“It’s not ideal,” Marlins starter Dan Straily said. “It’s weird. It’s frustrating.”
Among Marlins starters, Straily, Edinson Volquez and Adam Conley are issuing walks at clips above their historic norms. But Straily is convinced those rates will diminish with time.
Meanwhile, only the White Sox and Royals have received fewer walks than Marlins hitters.
▪ The Marlins optioned Odrisamer Despaigne to Triple A New Orleans on Sunday and called up right-handed reliever Brian Ellington. Despaigne took the loss on Saturday in his first major-league start in two years.
▪ The Marlins agreed to sign 36-year-old utility player Mike Aviles to a minor-league contract, pending a physical. Aviles, a nine-year veteran who is capable of playing multiple positions, would provide organizational depth.
▪ Monday: Marlins LHP Conley (2-2, 6.12 ERA) vs. St. Louis Cardinals RHP Carlos Martinez (1-3, 3.75), 7:10 p.m., Marlins Park.
▪ Tuesday: Marlins RHP Straily (1-3, 4.65) vs. Cardinals RHP Adam Wainwright (2-3, 6.30), 7:10 p.m., Marlins Park.