On the last day of the regular season, the Miami Marlins sustained a potentially damaging blow to their postseason roster.
Starting pitcher Jose Urena took a 104 mph line drive off his right (pitching) arm off the bat of the Yankees' DJ LeMahieu in third inning of Miami's 5-0 win in New York on Sunday.
Urena immediately fell to the ground, and he was removed the game. He underwent X-rays that revealed a fractured forearm, and he will miss all of the playoffs.
"It's kind of your biggest fear on a day like today," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. "It's like the last day of spring before going into the season. You hate playing your guys almost."
As the ball came screaming at Urena, the 29-year-old put his right arm up to protect his face. The ball caught him between the wrist and elbow, then rolled back toward the batter's box.
Urena's hat flew off and the pitcher writhed on the ground in pain.
Sidelined by COVID-19 earlier this year, Urena finished the season 0-3 with a 5.40 ERA in five starts. He was expected to pitch out of the bullpen in the wild-card round.
The Marlins (31-29) finished second in the National League East and earned the No. 6 seed in the playoffs. They will face the No. 3 seed Chicago Cubs in a best-of-three series beginning Wednesday at Wrigley Field. All three games, if necessary, will be played in Chicago.
Also on Sunday, Miami center fielder Starling Marte sustained a left ear contusion when was hit in the helmet by a 95 mph Clarke Schmidt fastball in the second inning.
"I think we dodged a bullet with Starling," Mattingly said. "The ball hit his helmet first."
Marte, 31, joined the Marlins this season at the trade deadline when the team acquired him from the Arizona Diamondbacks. Because of the deal, he ended up playing 61 games in the 60-game season, finishing with six homers and 27 RBIs.
--Field Level Media