Add starter Alex Sanabia and infielder Chris Valaika to the ever lengthening list of ailing team members. Valaika appears disabled list-bound after fracturing the tip of his left radius, one of two arm bones, near the wrist. A San Diego native making his first ever Petco Park appearance, Sanabia departed with one out in the fifth inning due to right groin tightness. The Marlins on Wednesday will re-evaluate Sanabia, who isn’t scheduled to pitch again until Tuesday’s homestand opener against the Reds. “Just a little pull, nothing serious,” said Sanabia, who doesn’t anticipate missing his next start. “We did a couple of tests and everything was smooth and felt fine.” In the bottom of the eighth, Valaika’s wrist bent back as he extended to catch Miguel Olivo’s throw on Yonder Alonso’s stolen base attempt. The base runner, ball and Valaika’s gloved hand all converged. The ball went into center and Valaika dropped to his knees clutching his wrist. Selected to replace the sidelined Donovan Solano, Nick Green had already pinch-hit. Chris Coghlan finished the game at second. “I knew right away something didn’t feel right,” said Valaika, a Santa Monica native who was looking forward to playing at Dodger Stadium this weekend. “That’s the game. It is what it is. I tried to stay in there with that ball and things happen.” Valaika was unsure if the injury would require surgery.
Valaika breaks arm bone, likely 11th Marlin headed to DL
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