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Ketel Marte was placed on the Injured List today with left wrist inflammation. Manager Torey Lovullo said that he didn’t find out about the injury until a couple of days ago.
After yesterday’s game he went to get an MRI and saw Dr. Sheridan the hand specialist. Torey’s discussions with the medical team lead him to believe it’s still possible to for him to return before the end of the year, but they will evaluate again in 10 days.
Ketel wasn’t sure exactly when he hurt it, and does not recall any particular swing. When asked whether or not this was a lingering injury that had been bothering Ketel for a while Torey said:
“Not for me, it hasn’t gotten to me on that level”
I found this response, and the previous response about just finding out about the injury two days ago curious. It sounded like it probably WAS bothering Ketel prior to the last couple of days, and Torey just didn’t know about it, but did not want to explicitly say the player was hiding injury. This is my interpretation of his comments and tone though. You can listen to the audio later in the Game Preview and make your own judgement on the interpretation here.
It’s been a somewhat disappointing season from Ketel in 2020. His triple slash of .290/.324/.407, 95 OPS+ is well off the heights he reached last season and even in 2018. The power has not been there all year, as he’s hit just two home runs and has appeared to be swinging for contact and not trying to drive the ball much of the season. Whether or not this was a lingering injury, or something new, and if there was something else driving his power outage is something we’ll try to find out more about in the coming weeks.
Ketel just addressed the media on Zoom.
- He said the wrist started bothering him 3-4 days ago, but could not identify a specific swing or check swing where he hurt it. It started bothering him more yesterday.
- His concern level is not too high and he thinks he’ll be back before end of season.
- It bothers him more batting left handed than right
- His back has been 100% this year, “With the help of God and the Training Staff”
- He feels great playing Centerfield and is happy to play wherever Torey needs him
Daulton Varsho and Tim Locastro will continue to get looks in centerfield over the remaining 16 games. Josh VanMeter and Josh Rojas will cover second base.