The Miami Marlins pitcher Odrisamer Despaigne was forced to exit Thursday’s game after suffering an oblique injury, the team announced on Friday. Despaigne is looking to make the team’s opening day roster after being claimed off waivers by the Baltimore Orioles last September.
According to the Fantasy Doctor’s Dr. Selene Parekh, oblique injuries often cause players to miss about one week. However, depending on severity of the strain, Despaigne could be out for up to four weeks.
While an exact timetable is unclear, Despaigne could miss most if not all of spring training. Being unable to showcase his play will severely hinder his chances to make the team’s opening day roster. It is currently unclear how the Marlins planned to use Despaigne this season, as he has experience both as a starting pitcher and a relief pitcher.
The depth of the team’s starting pitching rotation was expected to be tested in 2017 after Jose Fernandez lost his life in a horrifying boating accident. Despaigne was a name that was expected to battle for a role as a spot starter and stretch arm out of the bullpen. Now that he is injured, the door opens wider for other starting pitchers looking to make the roster.
But do not expect that replacement to be any more fantasy relevant than Despaigne, who has none.
Justin Nicolino started 13 games on the mound for Miami in 2016 and served as Despaigne’s primary competition to become the team’s spot starter and long arm out of the bullpen. He finished 2016 with a 3-6 record and a 4.99 earned run average (ERA). However, he did have a 1.17 ERA in September. He will likely get a much clearer path to a roster spot with Despaigne injured.
Jose Urena is also expected to receive a magnified look during spring training as long as Despaigne is injured. Urena started on the mound for the Marlins in 12 of his 28 games with the team last season. Despite having a high 6.13 ERA in 2016, he had most of his bad outings coming out of the bullpen in the first half of the year. He had six starts where he allowed three or fewer runs while pitching a minimum of five innings.
Neither player’s fantasy value will increase enough to warrant any consideration on draft day, carry on.