Freaky Fish: Recap of Unfortunate Injuries to the Florida Marlins This Season

James Bondman@@james_bondmanCorrespondent ISeptember 5, 2010

Freaky Fish: Recap of Unfortunate Injuries to the Florida Marlins This Season

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    NEW YORK - APRIL 07:  Ricky Nolasco #47 of the Florida Marlins delivers a pitch against the New York Mets on April 7, 2010 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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    The Marlins have had quite the string of injuries these season but all have come because of some event that lead to the injury whether baseball related or plays outside the baseball diamonds. These injuries coupled with the shaky bullpen of the Marlins have hurt their playoff chances for this season. 

    It all began with John Baker back in May then it translated to Chris Coghlan in July, Ricky Nolasco in August, Donnie Murphy and Logan Morrison now in September. Luckily, these haven't been the Marlins best core players like Hanley Ramirez, Dan Uggla, or Josh Johnson or the Marlins would have long kissed away their playoff chances.

    Still, these injuries have all affected the Marlins for all the dumb and bizarre reasons. Here is a recap of how they got them, their statistics at the time of the injury and a freak factor rating on a scale of one to 10. 

John Baker

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    MIAMI - APRIL 09:  Catcher John Baker #21 of the Florida Marlins looks toward the bench for a pitch call s while taking on the Los Angeles Dodgers during the Marlins home opening game at Sun Life Stadium on April 9, 2010 in Miami, Florida. The Dodgers def
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    Introduction: John Baker got off to a struggling start and an injury in mid-May pretty much ended his season before it really even started. Unlike the other Marlin injuries these one came from pure baseball activity, yet it came with a warning. Baker a nagging forearm problems in Spring Training but played thru it until the pain got to him and put him out for the season. The fact that John Baker underwent Tommy John Surgery and that he is a catcher which involves throwing, he could be out for at least the first couple of months of the regular season in 2011. 

    Date: Unspecified; May 13, 2010 (last game) 

    Stats: .218, 0 HRs, 6 RBIs, 7 runs (23 games; 88 at-bats) 

    Injury: Strained Right Flexor Muscle, Elbow

    Status: Out for Season (underwent Tommy John Surgery)

    Freak Factor: 4

Chris Coghlan

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    Chris Coghlan could have just avoided this if he gave these pie-throwing honors to some other teammate because this injury was the freakiest one for the Marlins this season. Chris Coghlan smashed a shaving cream pie in the face of teammate Wes Helms who delivered the walk-off hit in late July after defeating the Atlanta Braves. He landed wrong which lead to his infamous knee injury which sidelined him for the rest of the season. 

    Date: July 25, 2010

    Stats: .268, 5 HRs, 28 RBIs, 60 runs, 10 SBs (91 games; 358 at-bats) 

    Injury: Torn meniscus(left knee)

    Status: Out for Season (underwent knee surgery)

    Freak Factor: 9.5

Ricky Nolasco

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    SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO - JUNE 28:  Jason Bay #44 of the New York Mets rounds the bases after hitting a home run against Ricky Nolasco #47 of the Florida Marlins during their game at Hiram Bithorn Stadium on June 28, 2010 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  (Photo b
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    Ricky Nolasco was cruising this season and everything seemed well but Ricky Nolasco's injury began a string of recent injuries for the Marlins as the regular season begins drawing to a close. While changing his shoes on August 19th, two days after his start in the locker room, Nolasco heard a "pop" in his knee and that pop was identical to the same injury that sidelined Chris Coghlan but on his right knee. 

    Date: August 19th, 2010

    Stats: .14-8, 4.22 ERA, 147 strikeouts, 155 2/3 innings (pre-injury)

       0-1, 27.00 ERA, 0 strikeouts, 2 innings (post-injury) 

    Injury: Torn meniscus (right knee)

    Status: Out for Season (underwent knee surgery)

    Freak Factor: 8.5

Donnie Murphy

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    PHOENIX - JULY 11:  Donnie Murphy #22 of the Florida Marlins bats against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the Major League Baseball game at Chase Field on July 11, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona.  The Marlins defeated the Diamondbacks 2-0.  (Photo by Christian
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    In the heat of a game which involved a brawl between Nyjer Morgan and the Marlins, karma hit Donnie Murphy right in the wrist. After Chris Volstad hit Nyjer Morgan who stole a pair of bases to get to third, the next batter hits a fly ball to center which Murphy runs down backwards and catches as he lands with his wrist getting the full brunt of the impact. It may not be a freak injury but the way it occurred was because of +pay-back" which hit the Marlins hard. The Magic City's miracle bench bat is now out for the season.

    Date: September 1, 2010

    Stats: .318, 3 HRs, 16 RBIs, 9 runs (29 games; 44 at-bats) 

    Injury: Dislocated Right Wrist 

    Status: Out for Season (underwent surgery)

    Freak Factor: 6

Logan Morrison

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    NEW YORK - AUGUST 25:  Logan Morrison #20 of the Florida Marlins scores a run off of a single hit by Hanley Ramirez #2 (not shown) in the seventh inning against the the New York Mets on August 25, 2010 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Que
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    Being on the on-deck circle, a bit off of it cost Logan Morrison when his teammate Emilio Bonifacio fouled a pitch off and slammed onto Morrison's cheek near his eye. Thankfully it wasn't quite like the Juan Encarnacion injury when a foul ball hit his eye socket. Still the injury is a freakish one and keeps on being consistent with the line of injuries the Marlins have endured this season. The Marlins won the game when LoMo's pinch hitter rookie Scott Cousins hit a walk-off single in his first big league at-bat scoring Bonifacio who had an extra-base hit. 

    Date: September 5, 2010

    Stats: .312, 1 HR, 12 RBIs, 26 runs, 4 triples (34 games; 134 at-bats) 

    Injury: Hit by line drive foul ball (off Emilio Bonifacio) in left cheek 

    Status: Uncertain, day-to-day

    Freak Factor: 9