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Chisholm to see specialist about turf toe injury

Sheldon LongleySend an emailMay 16, 2023 275 2 minute readFacebookTwitterLinkedInShare via Email

 A trainer and Miami Marlins left fielder Bryan De La Cruz help center fielder Jazz Chisholm Jr. after an injury during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Saturday, May 13, 2023, in Miami. AP

Bahamian professional baseball player with the Miami Marlins Jasrado ‘Jazz’ Chisholm Jr. is dealing with a turf toe injury, and can find himself back on the injury list again.

Team Manager Skip Schumaker announced on Sunday that Chisholm will see a specialist, following which, a decision will be made on his immediate future.

The Marlins’ 25-year-old starting centerfielder and leadoff batter sustained the injury in the eighth inning of a baseball game for the Marlins against the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday, trying to chase down a shot to the gap off the bat of Cincinnati’s Henry Ramos. He was in full pursuit of the ball but missed, and crashed into the wall in left center field. After staying down for a few minutes while being examined by team trainers, Chisholm had to be helped off the field and missed the rest of the game. He was later diagnosed with a right foot contusion.

The Bahamian spark plug for the Marlins was having a strong game up to that point, turning in his seventh multi-hit performance of the season. However, the RBI double from Reds’ right fielder Ramos, on which Chisholm was injured, gave the Reds a 5-4 lead, and they went on to win, 6-5, giving the Marlins their first one-run loss of the year after winning their previous 12 such contests.

In a game in which Chisholm homered and stole a base, recording numbers seven and 14 respectively, the Marlins blew a late lead, dropping to third in the National League East Division of Major League Baseball (MLB). They lost the first two against the Reds, 7-4 and 6-5, before winning 3-1 at loanDepot Park in Miami, Florida, on Sunday, and are third in the division with a 20-21 win/loss record. The Atlanta Braves lead the way at 25-15, the Philadelphia Phillies are second at 20-20, and the Marlins are just a half game behind the Phillies at 20-21. The New York Mets are just a half game behind the Marlins at 20-22. The Washington Nationals bring up the rear in that division with an 18-23 record. 

Chisholm’s productivity numbers have been a bit down this season, on average, but his 14 steals are among the league leaders in that department. Also, he was starting to produce at the plate.

In the weekend series against the Reds, Chisholm had three hits in eight at-bats, including home-runs in consecutive games for the second time this season. On Friday, he was 2-for-5 with a RBI (run batted in) and a run scored on his solo shot. He came back on Saturday and had another home-run in three at-bats before suffering the untimely injury. Marlins’ right fielder Jesús Sánchez also left the game early due to an injury. He suffered a sore right hamstring while making a diving catch on a fly ball in the top of the first inning.

As for Chisholm, for the season, he is batting .229 with seven home-runs, 16 RBIs and 16 runs scored. He has a slash line of .229/.291/.403 over 159 plate appearances this season. He also has 14 stolen bases, currently tied for third in the majors, and has been caught stealing just twice.

Last year, he had a batting average of .254 with 14 home runs, 45 RBIs and 39 runs scored before getting injured and sitting out most of the season with a stress fracture in his lower back.

The Marlins host the Nationals for three games starting today and then go on a 16-game road trip out west starting with three games against Bahamian Antoan Richardson and the San Francisco Giants at Oracle Park in San Francisco, California, this weekend. Richardson is a first base coach with the Giants.


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