Injuries & Moves: Burger exits early; Arraez out of lineup

September 24th, 2023


Sept. 24: 3B exits with right quad tightness
Burger was replaced in the top of the sixth inning of the Marlins' series finale win on Sunday after feeling tightness in his quad during his fourth-inning strikeout. Burger exited Wednesday's game vs. the Mets with the same discomfort, then returned to Friday's lineup after a Thursday off-day. Miami has another off-day on Monday.

"[He] wanted to stay in -- he said he wanted to fight me," manager Skip Schumaker said postgame Sunday. "I don't want to fight him. I don't feel like I'd win. But I had to make the move. I need him for the week. We need him for the next week. Once we added a couple more runs, it just felt like [we should] get him off his feet and try to get both Luis [Arraez] and him healthy for this run we're trying to make."

Sept. 24: 2B (left ankle) is out of the starting lineup
Arraez felt "terrible" Sunday morning after twisting his left ankle going down the dugout stairs at the end of the eighth inning on Saturday. The loanDepot park lights had dimmed for closer Tanner Scott's entrance, which made it difficult for Arraez to see as he tripped on the stairs. Arraez was replaced at second base by Garrett Hampson in the ninth inning. 

On Sunday, rookie Xavier Edwards started at second base in place of Arraez, who missed two games earlier this week with a left ankle sprain.

"It's frustrating because I need to play," Arraez said Sunday. "I need to help my team win. I can't do anything right now. I hope I feel better later. The good thing is I've got the day off tomorrow, and then let's see how I feel the next day."

Sept. 23: RHP (left SI joint inflammation) placed on 15-day injured list; RHP Jeff Lindgren's contract selected from Triple-A Jacksonville
Pérez, who was placed on the injured list retroactive to Thursday, had been feeling the discomfort in his past two starts, adding that it was very painful Wednesday, his last time on the mound. The Marlins have been cautious with their rookie phenom of late, as Pérez nearly doubled his career high in innings this season (128 innings between the Minors and Majors). Lindgren provides length for a bullpen that had to use multi-inning options Bryan Hoeing, George Soriano and Johnny Cueto on Friday. More >>


10-day and 15-day IL

RHP (left SI joint inflammation)
Expected return: 2024
Pérez, who was placed on the injured list on Sept. 23, retroactive to Sept. 21, said he felt the discomfort in his lower back during his past two starts. According to the Mayo Clinic, the SI joint links the pelvis and lower spine. According to Pérez, the pain was affecting mechanics. Pérez, who threw 45 more innings than last season, had a 5.19 ERA in four September starts. (Last updated: Sept. 23) More >

RHP (right UCL sprain)
Expected return: 2024
Alcantara announced on Sept. 23 that he will not return in 2023, after he reported forearm tightness in a rehab start at Triple-A Jacksonville on Sept. 21. The next step will be deciding whether he will require surgery.

Alcantara initially felt the discomfort on the 94th and final pitch of his Sept. 3 start against the Nationals. This marks his first time on the IL for an arm-related issue. (Last updated: Sept. 23)

OF (left hamstring strain)
Expected return: TBD
García, who has been completing baseball activities and his running progression, is expected to begin baserunning the weekend of Sept. 22. García missed more than two months with left back tightness this season, then underwent an MRI on Aug. 23 that revealed the left hamstring strain. He landed on the IL twice with the same injury in 2022. (Last updated: Sept. 22)

RHP (left hamstring strain, left hip impingement)
Expected return: TBD
Brazoban is scheduled to throw two innings for Triple-A Jacksonville on Sept. 24, after he tossed a scoreless frame on nine pitches (one hit, one strikeout) to begin a rehab assignment on Sept. 21. Brazoban went on the IL on Aug. 14 for a left hamstring strain, then underwent an MRI over the weekend of Aug. 18-20, which revealed a left hip impingement.

"He said he felt great," manager Skip Schumaker said. "[He's] another really good arm. He's got a little bit to go still. But a really good outing. When we watched it, it was great: 95-97 [mph] with a good slider, his changeup was good. What I liked is he repeated it if he didn't throw a strike. He came back and felt good about where his changeup was. That part was good news." (Last updated: Sept. 22)

60-day IL

RHP (left oblique strain)
Expected return: 2024
Nance is rehabbing in Jupiter, Fla., after sustaining the injury just two outings into a stint with Triple-A Jacksonville. He had missed significant time this season with a right shoulder strain, then was activated off the 60-day IL on Aug. 23. Nance didn't pitch for the big league club before being optioned to the Jumbo Shrimp six days later. He was recalled and transferred to the 60-day IL on Sept. 19 to make room on the roster for Matt Moore. (Last updated: Sept. 22)

LHP (right lat strain and left biceps strain)
Expected return:
Rogers has been playing catch out to 75 feet at loanDepot park four times a week since Sept. 18. He began throwing on Aug. 25. Previously, he had been in a no-throw status since he was scratched from a rehab start on June 10. According to Rogers, he felt and heard a pop while throwing warmup pitches and couldn't lift his arm without pain. Rogers said he partially tore his lat, which has to naturally heal.

Rogers last pitched in the Majors on April 19, initially landing on the injured list with a left biceps strain. (Last updated: Sept. 22)

RHP (left hip impingement)
Expected return: 2024
Barnes, who was transferred to the 60-day IL on July 28, is completing his rehab in Miami. The recovery timeline before Barnes can resume baseball activities is three months, meaning his season is likely over, unless the Marlins make a deep postseason run. Barnes slipped on the mound in mid-May against San Francisco, which led to the hip impingement. (Last updated: Sept. 22)

RHP (Tommy John surgery)
Expected return:
Bender, who was placed on the 60-day injured list on March 15, threw live batting practice on Sept. 22. Bender underwent Tommy John surgery on Aug. 30, 2022. (Last updated: Sept. 22)

RHP (Tommy John surgery)
Expected return:
Meyer is throwing at home in Minnesota. He saw Dr. Neal ElAttrache on July 24 after expressing that he had soreness in his right elbow, and an MRI revealed no structural damage. Meyer underwent Tommy John surgery on Aug. 9, 2022, after exiting his second MLB start (July 23) with 10 pitches. (Last updated: Sept. 22)

OF (right knee sprain)
Expected return: 2024
Davis, who was transferred to the 60-day IL on July 10 after undergoing surgery on July 6, is increasing lower-body exercises and his running progression on the field. Davis had an MRI on July 5 that revealed a meniscus injury (not a tear) to his right knee, with a three- to six-month timeline for a return. (Last updated: Sept. 22)

Minor Leagues

RHP (right shoulder surgery)
Expected return
: 2024
Sánchez is continuing his throwing program with Triple-A Jacksonville. He was previously scheduled for a bullpen on Sept. 15 and another outing (one-two innings, or 25 pitches) with Double-A Pensacola on Sept. 17, but he did not appear in the game. Sánchez threw one scoreless inning for the Blue Wahoos on Sept. 12, allowing a single and a walk with two strikeouts. It was his first game action since 2021 Spring Training.

Sánchez previously experienced a setback in June, with what the team called “slight shoulder soreness,” following an extended spring camp game. (Last updated: Sept. 22)