Spring baseball is looking up in Miami as the Marlins beat the Braves 10-2 Sunday.
A large part of the win is due to Chone Figgins, who was released by the Seattle Mariners last season and signed a minor league deal with the Marlins. Figgins went 4-4 on Sunday with two RBIs.
“I’m smiling again,” said Figgins to The Washington Post. “It was tough in Seattle, really tough. But I feel like everything is good now. This is another chance and I’m happy.”
Another star in Sunday’s game was pitcher Wade LeBlanc. He pitched four scoreless innings and 28 of his 42 pitches were strikes. LeBlanc is competing with John Maine and Kevin Slowely for the final spot in the Miami rotation.
Outfield prospect Jake Marisnick broke his hand and will be out for the next four weeks. Cardinals’ Trevor Rosenthal hit his left hand Wednesday. The x-rays did not originally show a break, but it kept bothering him.
“Sometimes those things don’t show up right away. It just wasn’t progressing, wasn’t getting better,” said manager Mike Redmond, according to the Sun Sentinel. “They decided to do another X-ay and found a little break.”
Marisnick was a part of the large trade the Marlins made with the Toronto Blue Jays and is the Marlins’ No. 3 prospect.
Third baseman Placido Polanco is recovering after straining his right oblique over a week ago. He hasn’t played since March 1.
“It’s the type of thing that if you aggravate it, it can take a long time to heal,” said Polanco to the Sun Sentinel. “So we’re playing it safe. But I’m close.”
The Marlins recently cut 11 players, condensing their camp to 61. This cut brought the Marlins closer to being ready to start their new season.
Despite these injuries, this win may be the momentum the Marlins need to start a better season than last year.