The Marlins announced that they have placed right-hander JT Chargois on the 15-day injured list due to a right oblique strain. Fellow righty George Soriano was recalled in a corresponding move. Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald reported on the moves prior to the official announcement and also relayed that Chargois will undergo an MRI to determine the severity of his strain.
Chargois, 32, is a late-blooming journeyman, having spent time in the big leagues with the Twins, Dodgers, Mariners, Rays and Marlins. He was traded from Seattle to Tampa at the 2021 deadline and posted a 1.90 ERA for the Rays down the stretch. He followed that up by registering a 2.42 ERA last year, striking out just 19.8% of batters faced but keeping his walks down to a 5.8% clip and getting grounders on 59.7% of balls in play. Those numbers from last year came over a relatively small sample of 21 appearances as left oblique tightness kept him on the injured list for about four months from April to August.
Despite that solid stretch of play, the Rays were facing a roster crunch at the end of last year. They had a batch of players that needed to be added in order to protect them from being selected in the Rule 5 draft and another big crop eligible for arbitration. They dealt with that logjam by making eight relatively minor trades in November and December, dealing away players like J.P. Feyereisen, Ji Man Choi and Brooks Raley. One of those deals saw Chargois and infielder Xavier Edwards become Marlins, with prospects going the other way. Chargois has made five scoreless appearances for the Marlins already in the young season, not even allowing a hit or a walk yet. He wasn’t going to sustain that forever, obviously, but it’s still a blow for the Marlins to lose a reliever who was off to a hot start. It’s unclear how long he’ll be out of action, with the upcoming MRI surely to provide more information, though even mild oblique strains usually lead to weeks-long absences. Chargois himself missed that lengthy stretch just last year due to issues with his left oblique.
As for Soriano, 24, he’ll be making his major league debut as soon as he gets into a game. He was a starter for most of his minor league career but worked exclusively in relief upon reaching Triple-A last year. In 32 appearances for the Jumbo Shrimp, he had a 2.49 ERA, 25.7% strikeout rate, 12% walk rate and 34.5% ground ball rate. Based on that performance, he was selected to the 40-man roster in November to protect him from being selected in the Rule 5 draft and was ranked the club’s #25 prospect by Baseball America.
Well at least the Marlins are giving one of the young arms who doesn’t have much of a shot to win a starting role, a shot at the bullpen.
Other than that, not much to see here.
Guy was starting off strong too.
This guy has been injured since he was drafted
Unfortunately accurate. Chargois had a pretty high effort delivery back in the day when he was with the Twins and he was just constantly hurt. Not sure if the delivery style has changed, but it sure seems like his injury prone nature continues to the present.
I always felt Chargois was heavily short-changed by the Falvey/Levine regime who callously swept out tons of players and prospects from the previous front offices. Fortunately, it hasn’t bitten them too badly yet, but it definitely stunted some careers.
I’d always felt they believed he was expendable due to the injury prone nature even though he’s got good stuff. Now that they traded for pagan and Paddack, then signed Paddack to an extension and gave pagan a roster spot again, I’m not so sure.
And obviously the Paddack extension is to recoup any value at all from the trade to save face. And I’m torn on whether or not I want him to be successful based on this
I don’t see any reason to root against Paddack because he took an extension. If you don’t like him being signed, seems like a strike against the front office.
The last time the ownership opened up their wallets and were willing to potentially lose money was Bill Smith’s tenure. When his teams didn’t win, he got the ax. I don’t think the front office has a lot of leash left at this point.