By Evan Brunell
Poor Matt Dominguez.
All but handed the starting third base job to open spring training, Dominguez struggled through camp by hitting .309/.306/.395 in 43 at-bats. That caused the 21-year-old to lose a grip on both a starting job and major-league spot. It was clearly the correct idea, as Dominguez is still a ways away from the majors and it never made sense that the Marlins would rush him. While Dominguez is Florida's third baseman of the future, his time isn't now.
But things took a turn for the worse Friday when he was hit by a pitch in a minor-league game and fractured his elbow, as the Miami Herald learned. He is expected to be sidelined for two months, which really sets back his timetable, and it's difficult to think he can hit the majors before September at this point, even if he recovers well, heads to Triple-A and discovers his stroke.