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Top prospect Mesa exits with leg injury

Outfielder day to day with right hamstring strain, will visit doctor on Monday
@adamdberry
February 24, 2019

BRADENTON, Fla. -- Marlins prospect Victor Victor Mesa sustained a right hamstring strain while beating out a double play in the sixth inning of Miami's 10-6 walk-off loss to the Pirates on Sunday afternoon at LECOM Park. Mesa, the Marlins' No. 2 prospect (No. 99 overall) per MLB Pipeline, is

BRADENTON, Fla. -- Marlins prospect Victor Victor Mesa sustained a right hamstring strain while beating out a double play in the sixth inning of Miami's 10-6 walk-off loss to the Pirates on Sunday afternoon at LECOM Park.

Mesa, the Marlins' No. 2 prospect (No. 99 overall) per MLB Pipeline, is listed as day to day. He will return to Jupiter, Fla., to be evaluated by a doctor on Monday while the rest of Miami’s travel squad heads south to Port Charlotte to play the Rays.

“Obviously, this is something you don’t want for it to happen,” Mesa said through an interpreter. “It’s something that is part of the game, though. My mindset is to get back on the field as soon as possible."

Mesa hadn’t played an organized game of baseball in nearly 23 months before entering Saturday’s Grapefruit League opener against the Cardinals in the sixth inning as a defensive replacement. The 22-year-old made his first spring start on Sunday, going hitless in three at-bats as the Marlins’ designated hitter.

With nobody out and a runner on first, Mesa hit a ground ball to second base in the sixth inning and hustled down the line to avoid a double play. He awkwardly stepped on the first-base bag and fell to the ground.

A Marlins athletic trainer checked on Mesa, and Harold Ramirez entered the game as a pinch-runner. Although Mesa left the game, he was able to gingerly walk off the field on his own.

“I was running very fast to [avoid] the double play and I felt pressure in my leg,” Mesa said. “Obviously, there was a small amount of pain, but I felt more pressure than pain in the muscle, and hopefully I’ll be back very soon.”

Up next

The Marlins wrap up their two-game swing on the West Coast of Florida at 1:05 p.m. ET on Monday against the Rays in Port Charlotte. Jose Urena will start for Miami.

Adam Berry has covered the Pirates for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and read his blog.