Offishial news, 8/24/23: Falling behind in Wild Card race; Ohtani injures elbow

Today’s Marlins news roundup also includes an argument that Luis Arraez should reclaim his spot atop the batting order.

Wednesday’s Games

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  • Wednesday’s Marlins MiLB Notes: Solid outing for Edward Cabrera (Jacksonville), who continues to show he’s capable of providing length (5.2 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 K), though he threw only 60.4% of his pitches for strikes. OF Griffin Conine blasted a game-winning, two-run home run for the Jumbo Shrimp. Pensacola compiled 16 hits, including INF Jacob Berry’s ninth homer of the season. In his latest rehab appearance, JT Chargois (Jupiter) pitched one hitless inning. RHP Jacob Miller started the game and matched his professional career high with eight strikeouts.
  • After erupting for 11 runs in the opening game of their west coast road trip, the Marlins combined for only seven runs in the five subsequent games. Wednesday was the fourth time this season that they’ve been held scoreless during a Sandy Alcantara start, and he vented about it.
  • Josh Bell continues to make steady contributions, reaching base in all 20 games of his Marlins career thus far.
  • NL Wild Card race updates: the Cubs, Giants and Reds (x2) won, while the Phillies lost. San Diego’s victory clinched the season series against the Marlins and would give them the tiebreaker if necessary. The Marlins are two games back of the third Wild Card spot.
  • Elsewhere around the majors, Shohei Ohtani has been diagnosed with a torn right UCL. He previously suffered the same injury in 2018 and underwent Tommy John surgery, continuing to serve as a designated hitter during rehab, but obviously, he had to pause his pitching. It’s especially complicated timing for such a setback considering that Ohtani will become a free agent this offseason. Aaron Judge had the first three-homer game of his career as the Yankees snapped their nine-game losing streak.
  • High-A Beloit (7:35 p.m. ET) and Low-A Jupiter (6:30 p.m. ET) are at home, while Triple-A Jacksonville (6:15 p.m. ET) and Double-A Pensacola (7:35 p.m. ET) are on the road.
  • Loud Marlins Fan is giving away an autographed card of a mystery player in the Marlins organization. Became a Fish On First Super Subscriber today to be eligible to win it!
  • Glenn Geffner’s View from the Bleachers makes the case that Luis Arraez should be re-installed as the Marlins leadoff hitter. Arraez has recorded only one multi-hit game in 14 starts since being lowered to the second spot in the order.
  • Happy 26th birthday to Marlins INF Cobie Fletcher-Vance. He got his first taste of the Triple-A level earlier this season, but Fletcher-Vance has been mainly used as Double-A Pensacola’s platoon third baseman. The Marlins acquired him originally in the minor league phase of the 2021 MLB Rule 5 Draft. During his two seasons in the Marlins org, Fletcher-Vance has slashed .247/.315/.336 (74 wRC+).

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