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Jeff Mathis expected to miss six weeks with broken collarbone

Feb 23, 2013, 4:09 PM EDT

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According to Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post, Jeff Mathis suffered a broken collarbone when he was hit by a foul tip during the fourth inning of today’s Grapefruit League opener against the Cardinals. The injury will sideline him for around six weeks, which means he’ll likely begin the season on the disabled list.

Mathis was acquired by the Marlins this winter in the big 12-player trade that sent Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle and Emilio Bonifacio to Toronto. The 29-year-old backstop batted .218/.249/.393 with eight home runs and a .642 OPS in 227 plate appearances last season and threw out 41 percent of attempted basestealers.

Mathis was projected to open the season as the backup to young Rob Brantly, but the Marlins could now be on the lookout for some veteran insurance behind the plate. Kyle Skipworth is the only other catcher on the 40-man roster.

  1. Old Gator - Feb 23, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    It was a glorious day to open the season. Temperature in the upper 70s, high sky, bright sunshine and a sweet breeze. Like the man said, got sunshine, got fresh air….

    Sure wish I had been there. But the Santaroga barrier secreted by Scrooge McLoria and the Feesh front orifice made it impossible for me to start the pig of steel this morning. Well, to start it psychokinetically, anyway. I slept until noon.

    Scrooge’s rotten karma apparently settled on Jeff Mathis in the fourth, as it has been told above. What with it being the first game of spring training even malign karma was rusty and chose the path of least resistance, ie, a catcher. Funny thing is, the Feesh announcers were just then discussing how lucky “young Brantley” was to have such a surfeit of Veteran catching Presence on the team to help bring him along before the foul tip started lapped his marrow like one of my dogs. Jeffrey we hardly knew ye.

    But on the bright side, young Hechavarria showed off some slick moves at shortstop, drew hisself a walk, stole second (on Yadda Yadd Molina, of all people), took third on a flyball out and then scored on a Gravity’s Rainbow over the head of a charging David Freese by Peanut Head, who looked like his old self. Well, actually, like his young self, since he is his old self. The Feesh’s leadoff team of Pierre and Polanco are a combined 72 years old. I guess the Feesh will be playing Scrooge McLoria Medicareball this season.

    The Iron Giant dribbled a ball through the infield with a mighty swing and drove in a run, one of two he plated while slyly figuring out which one of the two baseball games he could see at any given moment was the one in which he was actually playing. And for all you cheaply sentimental feelgood freaks, John Maine pitched two pretty good innings to open up, scarred only by a wind-assisted flyball home run by David Freese in the second inning.

    Overall, a pretty chipper opening day for the Feesh. The hungry youngsters, the jaded veterans and the scrapheap rescues all did their part to show just why Scrooge McLoria is paying them so little. And somewhere up north, dispossessed by weather and geography, Jimmythemarlinsfan’s grin is so wide right now that it’s jutting into two adjacent realities. Aw, what the hell. Enjoy it while it lasts, Jimster – go out at scarf some quahogs for me.

    • proudlycanadian - Feb 23, 2013 at 5:33 PM

      Nice to read that Hechavarria had a good game. Tough luck for Mathis.

  2. tuberippin - Feb 23, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    Maybe the Rockies will now have a trading partner for the services of Ramon Hernandez.

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