Marlins' Alcantara out for season with UCL sprain
Miami Marlins ace and reigning NL Cy Young Sandy Alcantara will miss the remainder of the 2023 season with a UCL sprain in his right elbow.
The Marlins also placed rookie right-hander Eury Pérez on the 15-day injured list with left SI joint inflammation. They recalled right-hander Jeff Lindgren from Triple-A in a corresponding move.
"It's very frustrating for me, a guy like me who always likes to go out and compete," Alcantara said Saturday, according to Jordan McPherson and Andre C. Fernandez of the Miami Herald.
Alcantara has been sidelined since Sept. 6. He made a rehab start Thursday and felt soreness in his forearm following the outing.
"I feel sorry about the fans, my family, my son, my friends, the city because I want to be out there this year," Alcantara said. "Hopefully, I’ve got to be ready for next year. I don’t know. I’ve just got to keep positive."
The Marlins entered play Saturday with a 79-75 record and trail the Chicago Cubs by one game for the final wild-card spot in the National League.
"That’s the thing that broke my heart," Alcantara said. "I won’t be able to go out there with my teammates and compete. It doesn’t matter what happened. I just have to keep supporting them. ... Hopefully, we make it to the playoffs without me. Just gotta be here and support them."
Alcantara added that he and the team will discuss his options moving forward. He’s uncertain if he'll require surgery.
The 28-year-old finishes the 2023 campaign with a 7-12 record, 4.14 ERA, and 151 strikeouts across 184 2/3 innings.