Piecing together the pitching staff hasn't been an easy task for Marlins general manager Kim Ng during the first two months of the regular season, in particular with top arms like top prospect Sixto Sánchez unavailable. It has been a balancing act of looking out for what's best for the organization in the present versus the future.
Sánchez, who was expected to open the season in the big league rotation before a couple of setbacks in Spring Training (visa issue, false positive COVID-19 test), then experienced discomfort during a simulated game on March 31. At the time, he was building up his pitch count at the alternate training site in preparation of joining the club on its first road trip. Since then, it has been a slow process as Sánchez works back from right shoulder inflammation. From this week's update, the rookie has continued throwing long toss at 120 feet as part of his rehab program in Jupiter, Fla.
"He's a young arm," Ng told a small group of reporters on Saturday afternoon at loanDepot park. "We're in this for the long haul. It's not just about sort of getting him back as quick as we can. Obviously we all want that, but this is really about what he means to this organization, and what this means to his career. We have been cautious with him, but look at what he represents for us. We have to treat these guys with great care.