NEW YORK -- Adeiny Hechavarria was in such pain that he could barely remove his undershirt following Friday's game in which he collided with Christian Yelich on a bloop hit into no man's land. On Saturday, his name wasn't on the lineup card for the first time all season.
Hechavarria injured his left shoulder in the collision with Yelich, and said the earliest he could possibly play is Monday when the Marlins return home to open a brief home stand with the Chicago Cubs.
He is expected to be seen by a doctor today, so the exact nature of the injury is unknown. But manager Dan Jennings said it appears that the injury is a bruise and Hechavarria should miss no more than a couple of games at most.
"Basically, my shoulder hurts when I do any type of movement, up or down," Hechavarria said through a translator. "I do expect to be in the lineup sometime in the near future."
Hechavarria is having an All-Star caliber season. He's hitting .300 and his defensive play has been outstanding and often breathtaking. If there is any consolation, it's that the injury is not to his throwing shoulder.
"I'm definitely fortunate it was left and not my right," he said.
Hechavarria said he did not think he could have hit had the game continued and his turn come up.
"I knew I couldn't hit," he said. "My shoulder was bothering me. It was tight. And I got the wind knocked out of me, so it was tough for me to breathe."
Hechavarria remained in the game for the final two outs as the Marlins held on for a 4-3 win.
Hechavarria is the only player on the Marlins who has not missed a game.
"It's upsetting for me to miss the game (Saturday), and to miss a game at all during the year," Hechavarria said. "It's always a goal of mine, and everybody's, to be able to play in every single game."
Because the Marlins are carrying 13 pitchers, their bench is already short. With Hechavarria out of the picture, it's even shorter. Donovan Solano will start Saturday at shortstop.
"Pretty ugly collision when you watch it over and over," Jennings said.
Yelich was charging in for the ball as Hechavarria was going out when they collided. Yelich said he was going to dive head-first for the ball until the last moment when he caught Hechavarria coming at him out of the corner of his eye.
"We hit each other good," Yelich said. "It could have been a lot worse. If I dove head-first, we'd probably both be going to the hospital for sure, which I'm glad I didn't do."