Valaika joins many more on Marlins' disabled list

Valaika joins many more on Marlins' disabled list

SAN DIEGO -- Injuries are piling up at a rapid rate for the Marlins, who once again have placed a player on the disabled list.

The day after one second baseman headed on the DL, another went down.

Chris Valaika went on the disabled list Wednesday with a fractured left wrist. In Tuesday's 5-1 loss to the Padres, Valaika broke the tip of his left radius bone in the eighth inning.

Valaika went down the same day Donovan Solano headed to the disabled list with a strained left intercostal.

No team in the big leagues has had more players miss time on the disabled list than the Marlins. Entering Wednesday, Miami had lost a Major League-leading 309 days of player availability. The Yankees are second with 269 days.

In all, 12 different Marlins have served 13 stints on the DL. Joe Mahoney has been on the disabled list twice.

"It's been crazy," manager Mike Redmond said. "To see so many guys, at so many different positions, and we're not getting them back, which is the tough part. It's one thing to lose guys to injuries, but we're not getting them back on the field. Our pitchers have been down for months.

"We're hoping that eventually we're going to get some of these guys back. We've been piecing things together and playing shorthanded. I'm not going to sit here and feel sorry for myself or the team. Nobody is going to feel sorry for us. It is what it is. We've got to keep going out there and playing, and fighting and battling, and doing the best that we can."

On Wednesday, infielder Derek Dietrich was selected from Double-A Jacksonville to replace Valaika. Dietrich singled in his first Major League at-bat and finished 1-for-3 in a 1-0 loss to the Padres. Casey Kotchman was transferred to the 60-day disabled list to make roster move for Dietrich.

And Miami is waiting to see if starter Alex Sanabia is healthy. Sanabia was lifted in the fifth inning on Tuesday due to tightness in his right groin. He says he is better and doesn't expect to miss his next start. But that is unsure.

The team does have some off-days coming up, so Sanabia could be given extra rest to avoid a DL stint.

"I think he's going to be OK," Redmond said. "I haven't heard anything. They're going to evaluate him [Wednesday]. I haven't heard anything that would keep him from making his next start."

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