NEW YORK -- All-Star Marcell Ozuna made a run-saving diving catch on Wilmer Flores' line drive to end the third inning in the Marlins' 5-2 loss to the Mets on Wednesday, but the center fielder paid a price on the play at Citi Field.The impact of the fall caused Ozuna
NEW YORK -- All-Star Marcell Ozuna made a run-saving diving catch on Wilmer Flores' line drive to end the third inning in the Marlins' 5-2 loss to the Mets on Wednesday, but the center fielder paid a price on the play at Citi Field.
The impact of the fall caused Ozuna to exit during the fourth inning with a sore left wrist. X-rays came back negative, and the Marlins are hopeful the 25-year-old will be back in a couple of days, once the swelling goes down.
"Nothing is broken," Ozuna said. "Everything was OK in the X-ray. That made me feel good. We'll see day by day, and I hope to come back quickly."
Ozuna's nice catch stranded runners on first and second. Flores blistered a sinking liner that Ozuna dashed in for, and during his dive, the glove turned under his body.
"It sounds like it's a sprain, and it's going to be day to day," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. "We think he's going to be OK in a couple of days."
Jeff Francoeur replaced Ozuna and went to right field, with Ichiro Suzuki moving from right field to center for the rest of the game. Ichiro made a fine leaping catch at the wall to rob Curtis Granderson of extra bases in the fifth inning.
The Marlins already have a depleted roster, with a number of key players -- right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (left groin strain) and first baseman Justin Bour (right ankle sprain) -- on the disabled list.
Ozuna, who has 22 home runs and 67 RBIs, is one of the remaining power threats in Miami's lineup.
But he has been in a slump and he was hitless in two at-bats on Wednesday, as his season average dropped to .268. He is hitting .167 (19-for-114) with four home runs and 13 RBIs in his last 31 games.
Ozuna was the starting center fielder for the National League in the All-Star Game.
When he was a rookie in 2013, his season was cut short in July after making a similar diving catch at Coors Field in Colorado. On that play, he suffered a torn left thumb ligament.
"It's not the thumb," Ozuna said. "Just the wrist."
Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.