Brian Sanches was tuned in to the Marlins/Mets season opener on Monday when he went in for a MRI on his hamstring. The reliever injured it Friday in Jacksonville while warming up on the mound.
That was the only downer news for Sanches. The good: tests showed the injury was not as severe as first feared, that he sustained a mild, Grade I hamstring strain and could begin playing catch as early as the weekend. If all goes well, the right-hander could return to the Marlins not long after his 15 days are up on the disabled list.
It was a giant relief to Sanches, one of the Marlins' most dependable relievers last season.
Sanches said he was scared initially that the injury was much worse, and manager Fredi Gonzalez echoed that concern. Turns out it wasn't as bad as either thought.
"A Grade I is the mildest case," Sanches said. "I think the plan is to try to play catch at the end of this week. Hopefully, we're only looking at two weeks (before returning from the DL)."