Miami Marlins outfielder Marcell Ozuna was placed on the major league disabled list with a left thumb injury Thursday, three days after the team optioned him to Double-A Jacksonville.
Instead of joining Jacksonville of the Southern League, Ozuna flew from Colorado to Miami to see a hand specialist. The diagnosis was a ligament tear and avulsion fracture. He was placed on the 15-day DL, retroactive to July 23, and was scheduled to undergo surgery on Friday.
Ozuna suffered the injury in Monday night's 3-1 win against the Rockies. He jammed his left thumb making a diving catch of a Michael Cuddyer drive in the sixth inning. He was put on the MLB disabled list because the injury happened in a big-league game.
Ozuna, 22, joined the Marlins on April 30 to replace then-injured right fielder Giancarlo Stanton. The rookie from the Dominican Republic became a Miami bright spot by hitting .300 through his first two months. He took his fine defense and strong arm to center field when Stanton re...