CHICAGO -- Alex Sanabia injured his groin Sunday and told reporters afterward he's headed to the disabled list, where he'll find plenty of company. The Marlins already have 11 players on the DL. Sanabia said he felt the injury early on in Sunday's outing but remained on the mound to spare the bullpen.
Sanabia is not scheduled to pitch again until Friday against the Mets, and it appears they'll plug his spot in the rotation with either Duane Below or Wade LeBlanc since there are indications the Marlins plan to call up left-handed reliever Dan Jennings from Triple A New Orleans.
Below had gone 2-2 with a 3.38 ERA in four starts for New Orleans before his promotion to the Marlins. LeBlanc took over for Sanabia on Sunday and pitched three perfect innings against the White Sox.
Whether it's Below or LeBlanc, their stays in the rotation would likely be temporary, only long enough for Nathan Eovaldi to make another rehab start or two for Single A Jupiter before emerging from the DL and re-joining the Marlins rotation. That could be as early as the first week of June. Eovaldi made his first minor-league rehab start on Saturday for the Hammerheads and went five innings.
Don't look now, but the Marlins could be careening toward a historically bad month. They're 5-18 so far in May. Their worst month: June of 2011 when they went 5-23.
By losing Sunday, the Houston Astros remained a game behind the Marlins for the worst record in pro baseball (see standings from my previous post). But the Triple A Nashville Sounds won Sunday to drop two games behind the Marlins.