Bruised thumb sidelines Dominguez in AFL

Bruised thumb sidelines Dominguez in AFL

Bruised thumb sidelines Dominguez in AFL
MIAMI -- Marlins prospect Matt Dominguez sustained a bruised right thumb that will keep him out of Saturday's Arizona Fall League Rising Stars Game.

Dominguez took a ground ball off his thumb during infield drills on Friday. An X-ray came back negative. There is no fracture or ligament damage.

Keeping Dominguez out of Saturday's game is precautionary, and he should be back in games in a few days.

A first-round Draft pick in 2007, Dominguez has dealt with adversity this year. The California native sustained a left elbow fracture shortly before the 2011 Minor League season started.

Dominguez has played in 16 Arizona Fall League games with the Surprise Saguaros, batting .203 (13-for-64) with three home runs and 13 RBIs. One of his home runs in the AFL was a grand slam.

Dominguez went 1-for-4 on Thursday night.

A slick fielder, Dominguez is regarded as the Marlins' third baseman of the future. Defensively, he is considered above average. To be big league ready, he is working on being more consistent at the plate.

He batted .258 with 12 home runs and 55 RBIs in 87 games at Triple-A New Orleans.

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.