Marlins pitching prospect Sam Dyson has reportedly been sidelined for six weeks with a broken jaw after he got into a fight with New Orleans Zephyrs teammate Chris Hatcher.
Citing a source in the Marlins organization, the New Orleans Advocate reported on Wednesday that the fight occurred at a Nashville bar on April 29th during the Triple A team's just-completed eight-game road trip.
Hatcher, who made 29 relief appearances for the Marlins from 2011 to 2013 and posted a career 7.22 ERA with the team in that span, was suspended five games by the organization and returned to the Zephyrs on Wednesday.
“I’m not getting into that; can’t do it,” Hatcher told The Advocate on Tuesday evening as the Zephyrs prepared for a home game against the Iowa Cubs. “I’m suspended for conduct detrimental to the team. Unfortunately [the incident] happened, and I’m going to leave it at that.”
Dyson is rated the team's 14th-best prospect according to MLB.com.
Hatcher told The Advocate he has spoken with Dyson since the incident, but didn’t want to say what was said. “There’s a lot up in the air,” Hatcher said.
Dyson has made eight appearances this season and is 0-1 with a 2.76 earned-run average over 16.1 innings. He has 13 strikeouts and six walks. Hatcher (0-2, 2.51), who tied a Pacific Coast League record with 33 saves last season, has been used as both a closer and set-up man this season.