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UPDATE: Marlins prospect Matt Dominguez fractures elbow

Apr 1, 2011, 8:00 PM EDT

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UPDATE: According to Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Dominguez will miss six to eight weeks.

8:00 PM: Terrible news for one of the game’s best third base prospects.

According to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald, Matt Dominguez fractured his left elbow earlier today when he was hit by a pitch during a minor league game.

Marlins president Larry Beinfest said a preliminary X-ray revealed a fracture at the tip of the elbow and that the 21-year-old was being sent to a doctor for further evaluation. There’s no immediate timeline for his return, but you’d have to think it would be a while.

Of course, Dominguez entered spring training with a chance to win the starting third base job with the Marlins, but was reassigned to minors last week after batting just .209 with 10 strikeouts over 43 at-bats this spring. Known as a skilled defender at third base, he was recently ranked as the Marlins’ No. 1 prospect by Baseball America.

  1. Old Gator - Apr 1, 2011 at 11:00 PM

    On the brighter side, the Feesh dominated the Mutts tonight on six overpowering innings from Josh Johnson, who ran out of gas in the seventh after spinning a no-no up to that point.Stretch it out, Josh. Remarkably, the boolpen shut the door and held it shut. But this was against the Mutts; if we’re being realistic, we don’t expect this kind of performance against, say, the Feelies or Reds. John Buck cranked a slam – maybe I ought to lay off dumping on that ridic…er, sizable deal he was given when he signed with the Feesh until we see whether he can do this kind of thing on a regular basis.

    Every silver lining has a touch of gray department: the Iron Giant went down with a “tight” hamstring. Day to day, they tell us. But like the song says, we will get by.

  2. purdueman - Apr 2, 2011 at 12:26 PM

    Clark Kent Spenser said in a follow on interview heard on local radio: “You could hear the crack of the elbow all over the stands, followed immediately by Dominguez shouting: “Oh my godamn elbow! Oh my godamn elbow!!!”

  3. Old Gator - Apr 2, 2011 at 4:35 PM

    I somehow doubt that “goddamned” was the word he used. To an Anglo like Spencer “singando” and “goddamned” probably sounded the same from the pressbox.

    • purdueman - Apr 2, 2011 at 5:14 PM

      LOL!!! Good one, OId Gator!

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