The Marlins go into their three-game series Friday against the Los Angeles Dodgers with 25 losses, the most in the majors entering play Thursday. They’re on pace to lose 116 games, which would be a franchise record and the most losses since the Detroit Tigers went 43-119 in 2003.
But as bad as their record is, the Marlins’ biggest issue is staying healthy.
Miami has had 12 different players go on the disabled list, including 11 still on the DL — more than any team in baseball. That has added up to a loss of 320 days of player availability for Miami going into Thursday, the most in the majors.
“It’s unbelievable,’’ manager Mike Redmond told reporters in San Diego. “It seems like one after the other, guys are getting hurt.’’
Utility player Chris Valaika suffered the latest injury Tuesday night when he fractured his left wrist trying make a tag at second base. He could be out four to six weeks. Earlier that day, second baseman Donovan Solano was put on the 15-day DL, retroactive to Monday, with an intercostal muscle strain on his left side.
Infielder Derek Dietrich was called up from Class AA Jacksonville Wednesday.
The Marlins already will be without key players such right fielder Giancarlo Stanton, first baseman Logan Morrison and starting pitcher Henderson Alvarez at least until June, if not longer.
“It’s been crazy,’’ Redmond said. “To see so many guys are so many different positions. And we’re not getting them back, which is the tough part.’’
And then there’s starting pitcher Alex Sanabia, who left Tuesday’s game with one out in the fifth inning because of a tight right groin. The Marlins might take advantage of Thursday’s off day by going with a four-man rotation and skipping Sanabia’s next start to give him some rest.
“It was smart that he came out when he did and probably prevented a long-term thing,” Redmond said. “As much as we can overcome the position player injuries, the pitching would probably be even more devastating.”
The Marlins hope to get catcher Jeff Mathis back soon. He is playing for Class AA Jacksonville as part of his rebab stint. There’s no timetable for his return, but Mathis when he does it will force the Marlins to make a decision on their catchers.
Miami signed veteran Miguel Olivo in late March as insurance for Mathis. But starting catcher Rob Brantly has struggled over his first 23 games, batting .222 and sometimes looking lost on defense.
Miami could option Brantly to Class AAA New Orleans once Mathis returns.