Cantu's hand healing

The latest medical evaluation on Jorge Cantu’s sore left hand is encouraging.

When the team was in Pittsburgh on Wednesday, Cantu was sent back to South Florida, where Marlins physicials took another look at the first baseman’s hand. The latest tests show Cantu has a bruise, and there is no further damage.

Now whether he is back in the lineup on Friday against the Phillies is up to manager Fredi Gonzalez. In terms of how the hand/wrist feels, it is getting better. So there is encouragement.

Cantu last played on Monday at Pittsburgh, and the days off this week are helping the healing process. In the third game of the season against Washington, he was struck on the back of his hand by a Daniel Cabrera fastball.

Cantu is one of Florida’s most durable and dependable players. Batting cleanup, he is hitting behind All-Star Hanley Ramirez.

In his arbitration years, the Marlins should seriously consider locking up Cantu to a multiyear contract. With a new stadium on the horizon for 2012, the Marlins are better positioned to pick which players to sign to long-term deals.

Signing pitcher Josh Johnson is high on Florida’s list. Regarding position players, retaining Cantu also makes sense for a number of reasons — his production on the field, the fact that he can hit cleanup behind Ramirez, and his character in the clubhouse.

The Marlins are high on chemistry in their clubhouse, and Cantu fits the bill.

– Joe Frisaro

5 Comments

This is the first I’ve heard to seriously consider signing Cantu to a multi-year contract. Now that I think about it, I like this idea better than signing Uggla. We could probably trade him for a power-hitting star 3rd baseman, that way we place Bonifacio back at second. I know he’s a fan favorite, but we need to start doing away with some of our streaky guys for more dependable ones. What do you think?

Bad idea! With Logan Morrison and Matt Dominguez on the horizon, here is no reason to spend millions on an average bat (.276/.319/.462 for his career) who doesn’t play great defense. Uggla may strike out more, but walks more, hits homers, and plays just as good (or bad) defense. Plus Chris Coghlan can also take over third, so there really isn’t room for Cantu or Uggla come 2011.

Bad idea! With Logan Morrison and Matt Dominguez on the horizon, here is no reason to spend millions on an average bat (.276/.319/.462 for his career) who doesn’t play great defense. Uggla may strike out more, but walks more, hits homers, and plays just as good (or bad) defense. Plus Chris Coghlan can also take over third, so there really isn’t room for Cantu or Uggla come 2011.

Bad idea! With Logan Morrison and Matt Dominguez on the horizon, here is no reason to spend millions on an average bat (.276/.319/.462 for his career) who doesn’t play great defense. Uggla may strike out more, but walks more, hits homers, and plays just as good (or bad) defense. Plus Chris Coghlan can also take over third, so there really isn’t room for Cantu or Uggla come 2011.

As big a fan as I am of Morrison and Dominguez, they both haven’t done it at the big league level yet. Cantu has. Plus, Morrison could be an outfield option, and Dominguez plays third base. Cantu has thus far been exclusively first base. The big leagues is about production at the big league level. Now, this is just my opinion, and people can have differing views, but to me, keeping Cantu long term makes a lot of sense. He is a proven cleanup hitter. He gives you great at-bats. He’s already had more than 100 RBIs at the big league level. He’s already hit 29 HRs at the big league level. He is the best cleanup option in the organization. In a few years, maybe Morrison can fill that bill. But that is a few years down the road.

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