JUPITER, Fla. (AP) -- One game into spring training and the Marlins are already down a catcher.
Jeff Mathis broke his right collarbone Saturday when he was hit by a foul ball during Miami's 8-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. He is expected to be sidelined for six weeks.
"A big blow for us. We don't have a ton of depth behind the plate, so we're concerned about that," rookie manager Mike Redmond said. "We'll see what happens."
Mathis, projected to be the backup to starter Rob Brantly this season, was injured in the fourth inning when he was hit by a foul ball off the bat of St. Louis slugger Matt Holliday. After Holliday walked, Mathis was replaced by Kyle Skipworth.
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Mathis singled in two at-bats and Giancarlo Stanton drove in two runs for Miami in the Grapefruit League opener for both teams.
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