Sanabia has tight groin, Valaika fractures wrist

Sanabia has tight groin, Valaika fractures wrist

SAN DIEGO -- Losses don't get much more painful than what the Marlins endured Tuesday night at Petco Park.

Alex Sanabia exited after 4 1/3 innings with tightness in his right groin. The right-hander sounded optimistic that he will be fine, and that he should be able to make his next scheduled start.

But the crushing news came in the eighth inning when second baseman Chris Valaika suffered a fracture to the tip of his left radius bone in his wrist.

Valaika was injured when his glove hand was swiped during a stolen base by Yonder Alonso.

The Padres prevailed, 5-1, and the Marlins are now deciding their next moves. Manager Mike Redmond was in a closed-door meeting with president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest for an extended period. Neither was immediately available to comment about the game or the injuries.

"Alonso was stealing second, and I was just trying to get to the base," Valaika said. "I was just trying to get my hand in there, and kind of got bent back and hyperextended. I knew right away something didn't feel right."

Valaika was tended to by the Padres' medical staff. An X-ray was taken, and it revealed the small fracture.

"The Padres doctors helped me," Valaika said. "They got me in, got me an X-ray. I'm going to get back home and in the next couple of days I'll talk with our guy, and see where we go from there."

Valaika, who is from the Los Angeles area, was seeing regular playing time at second base because Donovan Solano was placed on the disabled list on Tuesday with a left intercostal strain.

Chris Coghlan replaced Valaika at second base.

Coghlan, an infielder in the Minor Leagues, had not played second since May 8, 2009, the day of his Major League debut. He has played in the outfield ever since.

Nick Green is a candidate to play second base.

Sanabia, a San Diego native, entered Tuesday night eager to pitch in front of family and friends.

Sanabia's outing lasted 4 1/3 innings, and the 24-year-old was removed with right groin tightness. He will be re-evaluated on Wednesday. He allowed four runs (three earned) on nine hits.

"It's like a little pull, nothing serious," Sanabia said. "It is minor."

In the fifth inning, Chase Headley singled, and Sanabia struck out Alonso. But on the pitch that struck Alonso out, Sanabia favored his right side. Immediately, pitching coach Chuck Hernandez and assistant trainer Mike Kozak trotted out of the dugout, and catcher Miguel Olivo all headed to the mound.

Sanabia was relieved by Ryan Webb, who ended the inning without surrendering a run.

"I felt it on that last pitch to Alonso," Sanabia said. "Something minor. It's just minor. We did a couple of tests. Everything felt smooth."

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter