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Chisholm resumes baseball activities

Bahamian professional baseball player with the Miami Marlins Jasrado “Jazz” Chisholm is back on the field, running, hitting and working on defense, according to Christina De Nicola of mlb.com.

The promising infielder suffered a strained left hamstring while stealing second base in a game against the Milwaukee Brewers last week Tuesday. The Marlins lost that game, 5-4, and went on to lose three of their next four games without Chisholm.

Chisholm, who is regarded by Statcast and mlb.com as one of the most exciting young stars in the majors, proved his worth in the first month of the regular season. He leads all Major League Baseball (MLB) second basemen in on-base, plus slugging percentage (OPS) – .926, and is tied with two others for the lead in the National League in stolen bases with seven, despite missing time. The new lead-off hitter for the Marlins is in a four-way tie for third in the majors in stolen bases.

On Wednesday, Chisholm resumed baseball activities for the first time since suffering the injury. According to mlb.com, he ran, hit and fielded grounders.

The Marlins haven’t offered a clear timetable for his return, but it appears that the speedy infielder will be back a lot sooner than originally expected. It doesn’t appear that the Marlins will give him the green light to return from the 10-day injured list (IL) when first eligible on Saturday, but at his current rate of progression, he shouldn’t be out much longer than that. His ability to get back on the field in some capacity bodes well for his chances of avoiding an extended absence.

Isan Díaz, who was beaten out for the starting job in spring training by Chisholm, continues to serve as the Marlins’ primary second baseman in Chisholm’s absence.

Marlins’ manager Don Mattingly is hopeful that Chisholm will soon be back on the field in live game action. He said that Chisholm’s placement on the 10-day injured list was somewhat precautionary after Jorge Alfaro attempted to play through a hamstring issue earlier in the season and eventually required a stay on the injured list.

Just this week, theScore (Score Media and Gaming Inc.) chose Chisholm as their frontrunner for the National League Rookie of the Year Award.

The Bahamian had a tremendous first month of the season, with a slash line of .290/.375/.551, four home runs, seven RBIs (runs batted in) and 11 runs scored. He’s a legitimate speed-power threat. In sizing up the 23-year-old infielder, theScore stated: “He’s fast, he’s brash, and he’s incredibly fun to watch. Chisholm may be on the IL, but that doesn’t change how exciting and productive the speedy infielder was before straining his hamstring. Stolen bases are becoming increasingly rare, but Chisholm has showcased an ability to run wild while also flexing his muscle, and a 30-30 season seems to be within his grasp. If he doesn’t miss too much time, he could still run all the way to the NL’s top rookie prize.”

In Chisholm’s absence, the Marlins slipped to bottom of the National League East Division Standings with an 13-16 win/loss record. However, they are just two and a half games behind the front-running Philadelphia Phillies (17-15) going into last night’s game. The Marlins took on the Arizona Diamondbacks in the finale of a three-game set at LoanDepot Park in Miami, Florida, last evening.

The result was unavailable up to press time.

The Marlins will host the Brewers in a three-game set over the weekend as a continuation of a stretch of baseball in which they play for 13 straight days before having a day off. Following the series against the Brewers, they will travel to the west coast for four games against the Diamondbacks and three against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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Sheldon Longley

Sheldon Longley joined The Nassau Guardian in January 2001 as a sports reporter. He was promoted to sports editor in 2008. Sheldon has an extensive background in sports reporting. He covered three Olympic Games and three world championships, along with multiple smaller regional and local games.

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