Marlins in a bind, lose two starters in run to gain playoff spot

Marlins in a bind, lose two starters in run to gain playoff spot

The Miami Marlins may have to postpone their playoff plans for next season after been dealing with the loss of two players to injuries. On Sunday, the Marlins placed their star outfielder Giancarlo Stanton on the disabled list, along with starting pitcher Adam Conley. Despite still being in the playoff run, the dual injuries have put the Marlins in a bind, who are already neck-a-neck with the Cardinals for the second wild-card spot.

Stanton’s injury came from the Marlins’ 7-8 loss to the White Sox, after sliding awkwardly into second base in his attempt to turn a single into a double. He was tagged out of the game and ended up agonizing on the field. An MRI revealed that Stanton had suffered a Grade 3 strain of his left groin and will be out of play for at least six weeks. This makes him unlikely to be back this season unless the Marlins make it to the playoffs.

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“There is still an opportunity for (Stanton) to be back before season’s end, but obviously, it was a significant injury,” Marlins president of baseball operations, Michael Hill said in an interview with the press. “In a long season, things always happen. Obviously, Stanton is a big part of our club, but we’ve dealt with a lot already this season.”

Meanwhile, Conley was placed on the disabled list after having difficulty pitching during their game with Chicago, complaining of soreness on his pitching hand. It was diagnosed as tendinitis, and the pitcher was advised to get it rested.

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Stanton has been essential in both the offense and defense of Miami, having led the team in home runs with 25. He is hitting 0.244 and has 70 RBI, but will be ending the season on the DL for the third time.

With the Marlins in a bind, the team was still able to eke out an 8-7 win against the White Sox in their last game, fueling more hope in their drive for a spot in the playoffs.

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