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Marcell Ozuna done for the season with torn thumb ligament

Jul 25, 2013, 1:18 PM EDT

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Marcell Ozuna was demoted to Triple-A earlier this week when the Marlins decided to shake up their outfield, but it turns out he was actually injured and will be placed on the disabled list instead.

Ozuna has been diagnosed with a torn ligament in his left thumb and is slated to undergo season-ending surgery tomorrow.

Ozuna got off to a strong start with the Marlins despite jumping to the majors after just 10 total games above Single-A, but recently slumped his way down to a .265 batting average and .693 OPS in 70 games overall. He showed plenty of promise, but Ozuna’s ugly 57/13 K/BB ratio is about what you’d expect from a 22-year-old who was rushed to the big leagues.

And now he’ll collect a major-league salary and burn through major-league service time while on the DL.

  1. Old Gator - Jul 25, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    If you saw the way he hit the ground going after that ball, you just knew this was going to happen. It’s too bad, but then again, it’s always nice to see Scrooge McLoria get hung for the salary, however minimal it is in context, and get scalded for the service time to boot.

    On a more positive note, it was a joy to watch Ozuna play during this lost planet expedition of a Feesh season. It was fun to watch his great pegs from the outfield cut down runners who had trouble believing they’d actually been thrown out. I think he was tied for second or third in the league in outfield assists when he went down even though he barely played in two thirds of the games to that point. Ozuna also proved himself to be resilient in adjusting to pitching strategies. I count no fewer than three boom-and-bust batting cycles, each time learning a bit more from the pitchers who temporarily solved him, huddling with Tino Martinez and then coming back strong. I don’t doubt that he would have solved his most recent trough in a relatively short time too.

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