Marlins place Jesus Luzardo on injured reserve with sprained forearm

The Marlins placed left-handed Jesus Luzardo on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained left forearm, reports’s Christina De Nicola. The move is retroactive to May 12. Lewin Diaz was recalled in a corresponding move.

This is a worrying development for both Luzardo and the club, as forearm strains are often a precursor to Tommy John surgery. However, no further details have been released on the severity of Luzardo’s injury or the next steps in terms of diagnosis or treatment. Those looking for optimism can turn to the starter himself, who spoke to De Nicolacalling the move a precaution and saying it’s not like before he had Tommy John in high school.

Luzardo was a high-profile prospect as he approached the majors while with the Athletics, with Baseball America rating him as one of the league’s top 10 prospects in 2019 and 2020. However, he had struggling to live up to it all. hype in his first tastes of MLB action. Last year he had a 6.87 ERA with the A’s and was demoted to Triple-A, before being sent to the Marlins in the Starling Marte Trade.

This year, the 24-year-old had shown signs of improvement, posting a 4.03 ERA over six starts. His walk rate of 13.4% is certainly high, but it is paired with an excellent strikeout rate of 34.5%.

However long Luzardo is out, the Marlins will need to reach their pitching depth to solidify their rotation. From Nicola relay that Cody Potet will leave the bullpen to cover Luzardo’s scheduled departure tomorrow. He made seven starts for the club last year with a 4.99 ERA, but has a tiny 0.55 ERA in eight relief appearances so far this season. It will be difficult for him to maintain this in the future, however, as he currently has a BABIP of 0.214, Strand Rate of 93.8% and HR/FB Rate of 0%, all numbers that are sure to decline. towards the mean.

The club have options on the 40-man roster who could be recalled for the next round of the rotation, including Edward Cabrera, Braxton Garrett and Jordan Holloway. Sixto Sanchez is also on the list but is currently not a realistic option. He missed all of 2021 with a shoulder injury he is still trying to recover from. Another option would be Max Meyer, considered by many to be the team’s best prospect and one of the top 100 in the league. He’s off to a great start this year, throwing 36 1/3 innings in Triple-A with a 2.97 ERA, 29.5% strikeout rate, 6.8% walk rate and a ground ball rate of 53.4%. He’s not currently on the 40-man roster and would require a corresponding move.

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