Marisnick stuck by pitch; X-ray negative

At a time Jake Marisnick is heating up at the plate, the 22-year-old Double-A Jacksonville outfielder faces the possibility of missing more games due to a left hand injury.

Marisnick exited Wednesday’s 9-4 win over Huntsville after he was struck by a pitch. An X-ray was taken, and the initial report is encouraging. It came back negative.

Marisnick is listed as day to day.

There is concern because in Spring Training, Marisnick was sustained a fracture to the same hand after being pegged by a Trevor Rosenthal fastball in a Grapefruit League game against St. Louis. He missed all of April.

Marisnick was 2-for-3 with a double on Wednesday before he was struck by Eric Marzec’s pitch.

In MLB.com’s updated rankings, Marisnick is Miami’s No. 2-rated prospect.

Marisnick is regarded as the organization’s top defensive outfielder. He is a speedster who roams plenty of ground in center field.

The Marlins feel Marisnick is big league-ready defensively. What the organization is looking for is consistency at the plate.

Marisnick has shown tremendous strides with his hitting, especially in June, where he is batting .367 in the month.

For the season, Marisnick is batting .289 with nine home runs and 36 RBIs. Earlier this season, he enjoyed a game where he belted two grand slams and drove in nine runs.

The Marlins acquired Marisnick from the Blue Jays last November as part of their blockbuster deal that sent Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle and John Buck to Toronto.

Joe Frisaro

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