A back injury is keeping Miami Marlins’ infielder Jasrado ‘Jazz’ Chisholm Jr. out of tonight’s Major League Baseball (MLB) All-Star Game, but the Bahamian is in Los Angeles, California, as a part of the festivities surrounding the event and is lending support to his National League teammates.
The league’s 92nd all-star classic, otherwise known as the Midsummer Classic, is set for tonight at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. The best players in the American League and National League are set to face off for bragging rights for their respective league. The game will be televised by FOX.
Chisholm, 24, who is having a breakout year in the majors, was voted in as the starting second baseman of the National League, out-dueling Ozzie Albies of the Atlanta Braves in the final tally to secure his first all-star appearance. Chisholm obtained 59 percent of the votes, compared to 41 percent for Albies.
Chisholm is having a phenomenal year for the Marlins, batting .254 with 14 home runs, 45 RBIs (runs batted in) and 39 runs scored. He is among the league leaders among second basemen in a number of offensive statistics and has been a pillar of stability defensively for the Marlins.
This is the second time this season Chisholm has missed games due to injury. He is out with back soreness and said the injury dates back to a slide he did early in the season.
The Bahamian professional baseball player is rehabbing the lower right back strain but is expected back in short order. The Marlins host the Texas Rangers on Thursday and then travel to Pittsburgh to face the Pittsburgh Pirates in a three-game set on the weekend. Chisholm, who has been on the injury list since June 29, could have an imminent return. Since then, he has been taking part in mobility and core-strengthening exercises at the Marlins’ spring training complex in Jupiter, Florida.
Marlins’ manager Don Mattingly said: “For the most part, [Chisholm is doing] OK. The swinging has been OK. The ground balls, throwing and all that stuff’s been good. A little problem with the running, I think that’s been the biggest issue.”
With Albies also out with an injury, a fractured foot, the National League will turn to the New York Mets’ Jeff McNeil as their starting second baseman. The San Diego Padres’ Jake Cronenworth has been added to the roster as a reserve.
The Marlins will still have two players taking part in the game, as pitcher Sandy Alcantara and designated hitter Garrett Cooper both made the cut.
Chisholm is widely regarded as the Marlins’ best player and one of the game’s most exciting young talents. He is the first Bahamian to be selected to an all-star appearance in Major League Baseball. This is the fifth time in Marlins history that the club has a player voted in to start in the Midsummer Classic. Chisholm joins Hanley Ramírez, Giancarlo Stanton, Marcell Ozuna and Gary Sheffield.