Mujica sustains fracture to right pinky toe
MIAMI — On a night the Marlins celebrated a victory, their bullpen suffered a blow.
Right-hander Edward Mujica sustained a fracture to his right pinky toe. The 28-year-old was injured after being struck by a comeback grounder off the bat of Placido Polanco in the seventh inning of the Marlins’ 6-2 win over the Phillies.
Mujica went to the hospital after Friday’s game, and an X-ray revealed the fracture. He is wearing a walking boot, and hopes to return shortly after the All-Star Break.
Mujica feels he will be back in two weeks. The Marlins had yet to place their late-inning setup right-hander on the disabled list as of Saturday afternoon.
“I got hit, and right away I didn’t feel my foot,” Mujica said. “I thought something happened. I had two warmup throws, and I felt it.”
Polanco had a single on the play, but Mujica, remained in the game and got out of the inning.
“I got out of it,” he said. “I came back to the dugout, and I started feeling it.”
With Mujica out, Ryan Webb and Steve Cishek are the candidates to fill the seventh and eighth inning right-handed setup roles.
“Today, it feels a little bit better,” Mujica said. “Last night, I can’t walk. It was hard for me to walk. I got this boot right after the doctor told me I got a fracture. I feel a little bit better today.”
Mujica has appeared in 35 games and he has a 4.46 ERA, but he’s been one of the teams most dependable and durable relievers.
Getting hit by comeback shot is a concern for all pitchers. Recently, Andy Pettitte of the Yankees suffered a fracture to his foot, and he’s out for about six weeks.
“We’re close to the hitter,” Mujica said. “Line drives over there, they are scary moments.”
— Joe Frisaro