Ozuna suffers ligament tear
The Marlins have placed outfielder Marcell Ozuna on the 15-day disabled list with a left thumb injury, which will require surgery.
Marlins president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest told reporters in Denver, it is “highly doubtful” Ozuna will play again this season.
Ozuna jammed his thumb in Miami’s 3-1 win over the Rockies at Coors Field on Monday night.
The 22-year-old outfielder saw a thumb specialist in Miami on Wednesday, and it revealed a serious injury. Ozuna has a left thumb ligament tear, and an avulsion fracture. Surgery is scheduled for Friday.
Because the injury occurred in a big league game, Ozuna will be placed on the MLB disabled list.
The Marlins optioned Ozuna to Double-A Jacksonville after Monday’s game.
The injury occurred when Ozuna made a diving catch on Michael Cuddyer’s sinking line drive. On the play, Ozuna’s glove hand (his left) bent backwards. It’s the second serious injury to the same general area for Ozuna this season.
Late in Spring Training, he suffered a broken left wrist after colliding with the wall while making a catch.
With Ozuna going on the big league DL, it will impact his MLB service time, meaning he will likely qualify as a Super Two and be eligible for arbitration in 2016.
If not for the injury, Ozuna would have returned to Double-A, where he opened the season, and he likely would not have had enough MLB service time to be arbitration eligible until 2017.
– Joe Frisaro