JUPITER, Fla. — Marlins utility player Ed Lucas sustained a non-displaced fracture of his left hand on a Scott McGregor pitch in the eighth inning of Thursday’s 6-4 victory over the Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium.
It came hours after the 31-year-old had learned he won an Opening Day roster spot. He spent 10 seasons in the minors before making his major-league debut last season.
”I had movement,” Lucas said before the X-ray results. ”I’ve never broken my hand before, but I imagine I wouldn’t be able to move it if I did.”
Manager Mike Redmond was optimistic following the game that it wouldn’t be a break because it got Lucas on the back of the hand away from the bone.
”These last three days are torture trying to get the guys through it,” Redmond said before learning the results. ”At the same time, too, some of those guys you’re trying to get at-bats for role players.”
Lucas went 1 for 3 with a run and a walk on Thursday. During Grapefruit League action, he hit .333.
Donovan Solano, who was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans after losing out on the utility job to Lucas, will take his place.