In his third season in the majors, Miguel Rojas appeared in 100 games for the first time in his career in 2016. Rojas was mainly used as a late-game defensive substitute last year, appearing in 123 games but only starting 44 of those and only registering 214 plate appearances. However, his versatility makes him a valuable utility man for the Marlins, something manager Don Mattingly has embraced, playing Rojas in more than 15 games at first base, second base, third base, and shortstop last season. In 2016, Rojas slashed .247/.288/.325, outperforming his main competition at shortstop, Adeiny Hechavarria, who only produced a .236/.283/.311 line himself. He has started 26 games at shortstop in each of his last two seasons in Miami, and with trade rumors swirling around Hechavarria, there have been talks about Rojas assuming a larger role in the Marlins' 2017 infield, but he's unlikely to be more than a glove-first utility player.
Rojas (groin) is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Phillies, according to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald. Rojas started Monday for the second straight day, but he also left the contest early after injuring his groin. It's not yet clear how long he will be out, but he will be given at least one day to rest and recover. Adeiny Hechavarria will man the shortstop position for the Marlins on Tuesday night
Rojas exited Monday's game with a left groin strain and is considered day-to-day. Rojas earned his second straight start Monday afternoon, and went 1-for-2 at the plate with a double before exiting. He was replaced in the contest by Adeiny Hechavarria, who should see the majority of starts at shortstop until Rojas can return to compete for reps.
Rojas is starting at shortstop and batting eighth Wednesday night against Kansas City, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports. With Adeiny Hechavarria sitting out Wednesday night, Rojas will get the nod to start at shortstop. Although he's hitting just .261 for the year, Rojas has increased his production at the plate lately and is hitting .286/.348/.429 over the last 14 games (22 plate appearances).
Rojas tallied three hits including his first home run of the season during Friday's win over the Pirates. Rojas scored twice and chipped in a solo bomb in the eighth inning of Friday's come back victory. Rojas got the start at shortstop, spelling Adeiny Hechavarria, and later moved over to cover first base. The utility man is batting .255/.292/.331 over 157 at-bats this season while providing depth all over the infield.
Rojas will be hitting second and playing third base for the Marlins as they host the Mets on Friday, Adam Rubin of ESPN reports. The 27-year-old will be getting a rare start at the hot corner, subbing for regular third baseman Martin Prado. In 20 July at-bats, Rojas is hitting .350 with only two strikeouts. Although he doesn't hit for any power, Rojas makes for a sneaky play on Friday as he hits in front Christian Yelich, Giancarlo Stanton and Marcell Ozuna.