09 September 2011
Well the starting job at third base was his to win this spring, and then he spent most of the summer trying to rehab in the minors for an injury he sustained on opening night, but now Matt Dominguez is finally up in the Majors with the Marlins. He got the call up the big leagues Tuesday and saw his first big league action that night in th3 loss to the Mets. He got a chance to pitch hit against Mets reliever Pedro Beato, and with a 1-2 count he got hit by a pitch. However the very next night Dominguez got his first career start and went 1-3 with his first big league hit coming off of R.A. Dickey in the second inning.
Jack McKeon says that he wants to ease Dominguez into games to start, and that may not be something that most Marlins fans and some in the front office want to hear. While the Marlins are having a very disappointing season, no one disagrees that this team has a very strong core with Hanley, Stanton, Gaby, and LoMo, and going into next year the Marlins need to know if Dominguez can play third base in the Majors or do they need to address that position this winter in free agency. The Marlins are even going to send him to the Arizona fall league so that he can get a few more at bats since he missed so many this summer due to injury, and to give them more time to evaluate him.
Joining Dominguez in the big leagues is another promising prospect that has been called up to the big leagues after spending much of the summer rehabing from an injury is pitcher Alex Saniabia. Sanabia went 5-3 with a 3.73 ERA last year in 15 appearances, including 12 starts. Had he been healthy Sanabia probably would have been in the majors this year as soon as Josh Johnson went on the DL, and maybe could have challenged Volstad for that 5th starter spot. But he took a long time to recover from a strained right forearm that forced him to be shut down last September.
Sanabia actually saw his first big league action of 2011 tonight in the blow out victory over Pittsburgh. He came in in the seventh inning and pitched one inning. It was not the best outing as he only threw 11 of his 25 pitches for strikes but he did not give up a run after allowing one hit, two walks, and two strikeouts. This shaky outing is consistent in showing that he may still not be 100% back from his injury. He actually only had four starts with the New Orleans Zephers (he went 0-3 with a 7.89 ERA) before being called up. Sanabia is expected to make his first start of the season with the Marlins either September 13th or 14th and like Dominguez, he will get extra work by playing in the Fall League this October.
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