For a part-time player, Jake Marisnick made quite an impact in the fantasy game in 2017. He hit for more power than ever before, more than tripling his 2016 home-run total in 12 fewer games, while also chipping in a useful stolen-base total. However, he sold out for the power, posting a strikeout rate just south of 35 percent (up from 26.7 percent), and his 24.6 percent HR/FB rate (11 percent for career) suggests that level of power will be difficult to sustain. Marisnick lifted his walk rate to a more respectable level (7.7 percent), resulting in an 86-point spike in wOBA to .343. Even so, he had a sub-.300 OBP against righties and Marisnick also graded out as a net negative in the field for the first time in his career. It's hard to imagine Marisnick will slide into a more prominent role in 2018 barring a trade or multiple injuries in the outfield.
Marisnick took batting practice against live pitching for the first time in nearly seven months Tuesday, Glenn Sattell of MLB.com reports. Marisnick, who suffered a fractured thumb last September, confirms he's 100 percent. The outfielder, known for a good glove but limited bat, revamped his swing during the offseason leading up to 2017 and delivered career highs in home runs (16), slugging (.496) and OPS (.815). The previously light-hitting Marisnick improved his fly-ball rate to a career-high 44.9 percent last season. He'll look to win a regular gig in left field, but manager A.J. Hinch needs to find at-bats for Marwin Gonzalez, a super-utility player who will bounce around the field but had his most playing time as left fielder last season.
Marisnick (thumb) threw Sunday for the first time since undergoing surgery in mid-September, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports. There's no indication that Marisnick will be able to return at some point during the postseason, should the Astros advance beyond the ALCS. With that in mind, he'll aim to be back in full health once spring training arrives. Marisnick appeared in 106 games during the 2017 season, during which he hit .243/.319/.496.
Marisnick joined his teammates in the clubhouse Sunday after undergoing surgery to repair his fractured thumb, David Barron of the Houston Chronicle reports. Marisnick's expected to be out 6-to-8 weeks, so he'd have to be a quick healer to have a chance of appearing in the postseason.
Marisnick will undergo surgery on his fractured right thumb and is expected to miss six-to-eight weeks. Marisnick is set to undergo surgery on Friday, which would place an optimistic return for the end of October, effectively ending his regular season and casting doubt on whether he will be able to return to the club even if the Astros are still playing come the tail end of the playoffs. He suffered the injury during Wednesday's game while sliding into second base, and will immediately begin rehabbing following Friday's procedure. In his place, Cameron Maybin and Derek Fisher are in line to see an increase in action.
Manager A.J. Hinch said Marisnick (thumb) is flying back to Houston to see the team doctors, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports. Hinch didn't sound optimistic, saying "we'll know more in the next of couple days, but it doesn't look good." Given what Hinch said and how late it is in the year, it sounds like Marisnick's season could be over, though that will be determined in the coming days. Cameron Maybin and Derek Fisher could see a few extra starts in the outfield with Marisnick sidelined.