Rojas day to day after groin strain causes exit

Marlins infielder sustains injury while tagging out Phillies' Paredes

Rojas day to day after groin strain causes exit

MIAMI -- The Marlins' injury woes were magnified in the seventh inning of Monday's 6-2 loss to the Phillies, when shortstop Miguel Rojas suffered a left groin strain while tagging out Jimmy Paredes trying to steal second base.

Rojas was examined by the team physician at Marlins Park, and the utility infielder is listed as day to day.

"It's a tough situation right now," Rojas said. "I came out of the game, because I felt something on my groin. The doctors checked me and said it was a strain. Let's see how I feel tomorrow."

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After the impact with Paredes, Rojas remained on the field defensively, but in the bottom of the inning, he was replaced by pinch-hitter Adeiny Hechavarria, who stayed in at shortstop.

"It looked like [Rojas] got that foot caught in there, and it kind of opened up," manager Don Mattingly said. "He had contact, it kind of twisted him a little bit."

Rojas, batting .254 in 106 games, is one of the more valued players on the club, because he can play multiple positions.

"He hit me on my foot, which was stuck on the bag," Rojas said. "I took the hit on my groin. I felt it on my groin and my lower back, too."

Hechavarria and Rojas have been sharing time at shortstop. But Rojas moves around, playing second and third, and often he is used defensively in late innings at first base.

Initially, Rojas tried to play through the groin discomfort.

"He probably would have continued," Mattingly said. "But it was one of those [situations] where he was feeling it. He's not the kind of kid who tells you he wants to come out of the game. He's going to try to keep playing."

Rojas had no problem with Mattingly's decision.

"I was about to hit, and Donnie talked to me, and he said, 'I didn't like the way he hit you, and you're look was kind of shaking,'" Rojas said. "I feel like that was the best decision. You never know if it's going to get worse later."

Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.