Marlins outfield in question after Chisholm, Sánchez exit

May 13th, 2023

MIAMI -- With the Reds threatening to take the lead in the eighth inning of Saturday afternoon’s 6-5 Marlins loss, wanted to do all he could to help out ace Sandy Alcantara.

So when Henry Ramos lined a changeup toward the left-center gap at loanDepot park, Chisholm ran full speed to try and snare a ball that was just out of his reach. He slammed into the wall and his right foot got caught -- then bent back -- on the bottom of the platform chain-link fence. Trainer Lee Meyer checked on Chisholm, who was laying in pain on the warning track. After testing it out, he limped off on his own power.

The Marlins announced postgame that Chisholm exited with a right foot contusion, with X-rays coming back negative. The scary moment could’ve been worse.

“It was like one or two things: I could have jumped to make a better impact into the wall. I could have stopped early,” Chisholm said. “But then in my head, it's all about making that play. It's the eighth inning. Game’s tied, two outs, we're about to go up to hit. We could literally win the game here. Keep Sandy in the game. Sandy had a great game today. And go and give him a 'W.' That's what really bummed me out about that is just not making the play.”

Chisholm, who converted from second base to center field in Spring Training to make room for trade acquisition , entered Saturday in the 94th percentile in outs above average and 91st percentile in outfield jump.

On Ramos’ go-ahead RBI double, Chisholm reached a top sprint speed of 26.9 ft/sec and needed to cover 93 feet for a play with a 10-percent catch probability.

“Bad location on that pitch,” said Alcantara, who was chased after giving up six runs in 7 2/3 innings. “Jazz gave his 100 percent to catch the ball. That didn't happen. Everybody feels sad about it, because he took him out of the game hurt. Let's see how he comes tomorrow. Hopefully, he can be healthy tomorrow and keep playing tomorrow.”

Chisholm was the second Marlins outfielder to exit with an injury. Right fielder made a diving catch to save a run in the first inning, but he was replaced by due to right hamstring soreness.

Sánchez also left Wednesday’s game in the ninth inning after experiencing discomfort in the same hamstring on his double. Saturday marked his return to the field.

“It's weird on Sánchez because everything that he did the last couple of days checked out, like the running, try to recreate the injury a little bit in the weight room, and then this happens,” manager Skip Schumaker said. “It's pretty unfortunate, but you ask him again right now, and he feels OK. It's a tough one to figure out exactly what it is. We'll probably take a picture of it and see what it looks like. It was tough to see. A great play, but he's been swinging a hot bat, so that's a tough one to lose him right now and see how long it is.”

Losing two outfielders to injury couldn’t have come at a more inconvenient time for Miami. Chisholm went deep for the second consecutive game with his solo homer in the seventh, while Sánchez entered Saturday slugging .839 over his last nine contests.

Both and are on the injured list, with the former beginning a rehab assignment with Triple-A Jacksonville on Friday. has been predominantly used at designated hitter this season. The only other healthy 40-man outfielder option is , who would need to be recalled from the Jumbo Shrimp.

Burdick (RBI single) and  (HR) can play center, as can utility player , who took over for Chisholm. Though Chisholm told Schumaker he could play in Sunday’s series finale, the Marlins won’t know more about Chisholm or Sánchez’s status until then. It would be a challenge to go two position players short.

“It's like the worst time to get injured when you feel good at the plate,” Schumaker said. “Jazz has been taking some really good at-bats. Today was really, really good. Sánchez has been our hottest hitter. So for that to happen, obviously, it's kind of a punch to the gut when that happens to the team and to him. Hopefully it's not as bad as it looked, but we can only find out through the imaging.”