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