Carroll strains left oblique
In batting practice, Brett Carroll felt some discomfort.
Not wanting to give up a start in right field, however, the Marlins outfielder stayed in the game. But after it was clear that something was wrong during his at-bat in the second inning, Carroll was replaced.
Shortly afterwards, the team announced that Carroll is hampered with a left oblique strain.
The injury actually occurred in batting practice before the Marlins lost, 4-1, to the Twins at Hammond Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.
“In my last round of BP, I just felt a little aching,” Carroll said. “My first swing of my first at-bat, I fouled the ball off and I didn’t feel right.”
Carroll ended up striking out, and before the bottom of the second inning started, Bryan Petersen went to right field.
“I’d never experienced this before,” Carroll said. “I’ve never experienced an oblique. It’s mild. We’ll see. It’s one of those things I can’t control.”
With Opening Day slated for April 5, the timing of Carroll’s injury jeopardizes his chances of being on the team when camp concludes.
Carroll is in the mix for an outfield reserve job. A terrific defender, with one of the strongest outfield throwing arms in the game, Carroll has not been a lock to make the club.
For a while the team has considered carrying both Emilio Bonifacio and Brian Barden. Both are natural infielders who can play outfield. Bonifacio will make the team as a super utility player, capable of playing infield and center field.
Barden has enjoyed a strong Spring Training, and he is a candidate to be a backup infielder who also can play corner outfield.
Carroll, meanwhile, his batting .267 with three home runs and six RBIs in 30 Grapefruit League at-bats.
“It’s not near the rib, which is supposed to be ok,” Gonzalez said. “It’s still going to be a couple of days. I wouldn’t know until that thing settles down.”
– Joe Frisaro