A MRI done Monday on injured reliever Clay Hensley revealed a hairline fracture in his left scapula, but he said he still expects to be ready on May 22 when he is eligible to come off the disabled list. Hensley was placed on the DL on May 7 with what was first diagnosed as a bruised rib, near the back of his shoulder.
"I don't think it means anything," Hensley said of the new finding.
While Hensley said he was told it would take four to six weeks for the fracture to heal completely, it is the bruising and swelling in that region that is keeping him off the mound. He said that, once the swelling subsides, he could still pitch even with the fracture.
"I asked (the doctor) if I'd be ready in 15 days, and he said, 'Yes, I think so,'" Hensley said.
Hensley sustained the injury when he slipped and fell on some stairs on April 26 at the team in hotel in Cincinnati. He said he'll begin playing catch on Wednesday.
JAVIER VAZQUEZ UPDATE -- The Marlins haven't yet decided whether they'll call up a player to replace Javier Vazquez, who was placed on the bereavement list on Tuesday due to a death in his wife's family. If the Marlins promote someone from the minors, it would be for Wednesday's game only. The team is off on Thursday and Vazquez is expected to rejoin the team on Friday in Washington.