MLB

Marlins catcher breaks collarbone

Share This Story

Jon Paul Morosi

Jon Paul Morosi is a National MLB Writer for FOXSports.com. He previously covered baseball for the Detroit Free Press and Seattle Post-Intelligencer. He began his journalism career at the Bay City Times in his native Michigan. Follow him on Twitter.

MORE>>
 
   
 

JUPITER, Fla.

The Miami Marlins will need an enormous amount of luck if they want to compete in the National League East after shedding their highest-paid players in an offseason salary purge.

GRAPEFRUIT LEAGUE

Get news, video, schedules and more from spring training in Florida.

In that respect, Saturday was a lousy start: In the Marlins’ first Grapefruit League game, an 8-3 win over St. Louis, catcher Jeff Mathis sustained a broken right collarbone when he was hit by a foul tip off the bat of Matt Holliday. He’s expected to miss six weeks.

“Not the break we needed, that’s for sure,” manager Mike Redmond lamented. “First day. It’s a fluke deal, man. Foul tip just hit him perfect.

“Obviously, a big blow for us. We don’t have a ton of depth behind the plate. (We’re) concerned about that, for sure. We’ll see what happens.”

With Mathis likely to miss the start of the regular season, the Marlins’ internal options at backup catcher appear to be Jake Jefferies and Kyle Skipworth, neither of whom has played in the major leagues. Miami’s starting catcher, Rob Brantly, has played just 31 games in the big leagues. “We’re pretty young back there,” Redmond said.

Redmond, 41, was a big-league catcher for 13 seasons. He last played in the majors in 2010 with the Cleveland Indians. He was asked — not entirely in jest — if he might be able to serve as a player-manager briefly. The idea would have some merit if Mathis is projected to return a week or two into the season, because the backup catcher might only need to play one or two games by that point.

“I don’t know about that,” Redmond said. “I don’t think so. I like the way my body feels right now, the way it is.”

Mathis’ injury was the latest freakish event in what has been an energetic but bizarre spring camp. First baseman Casey Kotchman cut his left ring finger when he ran into a popup machine several days ago; the injury required stitches, and Kotchman hasn’t been cleared for game action. The Marlins’ best player, outfielder Giancarlo Stanton, was hit in the head by a pitch from top prospect Jose Fernandez during an intrasquad game. Stanton played Saturday and went 1-for-3 with two RBI.

Tagged: Marlins, Jeff Mathis

More Stories From Jon Paul Morosi

Member Comments

Please note by clicking on "Post comment" you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Use and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be Polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator.

powered by



MLB Videos

Bautista talks Derek Jeter's final All-Star Game Posted: Jul 16, 2014
Jose Bautista discusses Derek Jeter's career and his final appearance in the MLB...

Jeter honored to play in last All-Star Game Posted: Jul 16, 2014
Derek Jeter compares his first All-Star Game experience with his last, Mike Trou...

Matheny defends Wainwright: He's out there to compete Posted: Jul 16, 2014
Mike Matheny comments on the media's reaction to Adam Wainwright's joke about le...

SimLeague Baseball - Simulation Baseball Game

More Than Sports on MSN

Fox Sports Store

    itemName itemURL imageSrc price itemDescription
    Nike New York Yankees Practice T-Shirt - Ash http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_New_York_Yankees/browse/featuredproduct/606363/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_606000/ff_606363_xl.jpg&w=100 27.95 Nike New York Yankees Practice T-Shirt - Ash
    Majestic Detroit Tigers 2012 MLB American League Champions Clubhouse Locker Room T-Shirt - Navy Blue http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Detroit_Tigers/browse/featuredproduct/1064043/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1064000/ff_1064043_xl.jpg&w=100 24.95 Majestic Detroit Tigers 2012 MLB American League Champions Clubhouse Locker Room..
    Majestic San Francisco Giants 2012 MLB World Series Champions Clubhouse Locker Room T-Shirt - Gray http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_San_Francisco_Giants/browse/featuredproduct/1067359/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1067000/ff_1067359_xl.jpg&w=100 24.95 Majestic San Francisco Giants 2012 MLB World Series Champions Clubhouse Locker R..
    Majestic San Francisco Giants 2012 MLB World Series Champions Clubhouse Locker Room Pullover Hoodie - Steel http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_San_Francisco_Giants/browse/featuredproduct/1067382/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1067000/ff_1067382_xl.jpg&w=100 54.95 Majestic San Francisco Giants 2012 MLB World Series Champions Clubhouse Locker R..
    New Era San Francisco Giants 2012 MLB World Series Champions Clubhouse Locker Room 39THIRTY Flex Hat - Charcoal/Black http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_San_Francisco_Giants/browse/featuredproduct/1067785/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1067000/ff_1067785_xl.jpg&w=100 31.95 New Era San Francisco Giants 2012 MLB World Series Champions Clubhouse Locker Ro..
    Majestic San Francisco Giants 2012 MLB World Series Champions Glory T-Shirt - Black http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_San_Francisco_Giants/browse/featuredproduct/1068294/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1068000/ff_1068294_xl.jpg&w=100 21.95 Majestic San Francisco Giants 2012 MLB World Series Champions Glory T-Shirt - Bl..
    Majestic San Francisco Giants 2012 MLB World Series Champions Batting Practice Performance Jersey - Black/Orange http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_San_Francisco_Giants/browse/featuredproduct/1068787/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1068000/ff_1068787_xl.jpg&w=100 94.95 Majestic San Francisco Giants 2012 MLB World Series Champions Batting Practice P..