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Miami Marlins pitcher Sixto Sanchez to get MRI on shoulder

Oct 8, 2020; Houston, Texas, USA; Miami Marlins starting pitcher Sixto Sanchez (73) reacts during the third inning of game three of the 2020 NLDS against the Atlanta Braves at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Marlins right-hander Sixto Sanchez will receive an MRI on his throwing shoulder, the Miami Herald reported Friday.

The move comes one day after Sanchez experienced discomfort during a throwing session.

Sanchez was not named to the Marlins’ Opening Day roster but instead was assigned to the team’s alternate site. That move stemmed from a slow start to the spring while in COVID-19 protocols, with just eight innings of preparation in spring-training games.

He was scheduled to pitch a five-inning simulated game Thursday but went just two innings because of slight discomfort.

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Sanchez was a bright spot for a Marlins team that forced its way into the playoffs last season, going 3-2 with a 3.46 ERA over seven starts. He finished seventh in National League rookie-of-the-year voting.

The 22-year old pitched five scoreless innings in the deciding victory of a wild-card round sweep of the Chicago Cubs. He allowed four runs in three innings of a Game 3 loss to the Atlanta Braves in the National League Division Series that ended Miami’s season.

–Field Level Media

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