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Braxton Garrett scratched due to elbow discomfort

Braxton Garrett scratched due to elbow discomfort

Left handed Marlins Braxton Garrett has been scratched from his scheduled start against the Mariners tomorrow because of left elbow discomfort, as MLB.com’s Christina DeNicola noted today. DeNicola adds that Garrett is to undergo further evaluation on the elbow.

It is currently unclear how serious Garret’s illness, which he reportedly felt following his bullpen session on Friday, will be. That said, elbow issues always cause anxiety for fans and players alike, given that serious elbow injuries often require season-ending surgery, as has been the case for a number of star pitchers lately, since Spencer Strider of Speeds to Kyle Bradish of the Orioles to Garrett’s teammates Eury Perez and Sandy Alcantara. Of course, it’s important to remember that elbow issues can also be relatively minor, as was the case for the Astros left-hander. Framber Valdez when he was placed on IL with elbow soreness in April and ended up requiring only a minimal stay.

Whether Garrett misses an extended stretch or is down for just one start, it’s the latest in tough injury news for an injury-ravaged Miami franchise. The club already has six starting pitchers on the injured list after placing the left-hander (and potential top prospect) Jesus Luzardo on the injured list with a lower back stress reaction earlier today. Luzardo joined right-handers Perez, Alcantara Edward Cabreraand Sixto Sanchez as well as the zodiac companion Ryan Weathers on IL. That massive group of injured starters left the Marlins scrambling to fill out a rotation that on paper should have been the deepest part of the club’s roster entering the season.

Trevor Rogers, Roddery Munoz, Yonny Chirinosand Shaun Anderson he currently occupies rotation spots alongside Garrett and is possibly the top prospect Max Meyer could replace Garrett in the rotation long term if needed. DeNicola notes that Meyer made his last start in Triple-A on Thursday, meaning he won’t be lined up to play tomorrow, even if the club wanted to call him up for a start in place of Garrett. DeNicola supports the possibility of the club moving to the multi-inning reliever George Soriano, who pitched three innings at the Triple-A level on Tuesday to open a bullpen game tomorrow. Soriano is already on the 40-man roster and an alternate starting option like Kent Emanuel or Devin Smeltzer would require the Marlins to make room on the 40 man.

While the Marlins are widely recognized as one of the game’s few clear sellers this summer after already shipping Luis Arraez for the Padres earlier this year, a significant injury to Garrett would almost certainly guarantee that he stays with the Marlins for the rest of the 2024 season. After all, the July 30th trade deadline is just over a month away at this point, and even a minimal stint on the IL for Garrett would sideline him long enough to allow him three more starts before the trade deadline.

For a pitcher who was already sidelined with a shoulder impingement earlier this year and has struggled to a 5.35 ERA in the seven starts he’s been healthy enough to make this year, that timeline makes difficult to imagine Garrett convincing a club interested in his health and enough effectiveness that they would feel comfortable dealing the lefty before the deadline. Fortunately for the Marlins, there’s no real urgency to move Garrett, given that the pitcher is under team control through the end of the 2028 season. That gives the lefty plenty of time to return to his 48-plus game form. appearances between 2022 and 2023, when he pitched to a 3.63 ERA with a 3.64 FIP with a 23.8% strikeout rate.