By Mike Bonts
JACKSONVILLE (Florida Sports Wire) – Miami Marlins’ outfielder Jesús Sánchez began his injury rehabilitation assignment Friday night in the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp’s 7-1 loss to the Charlotte Knights (25-24).
Sánchez went 0 for 3, striking out twice. The Jumbo Shrimp (21-26) have lost four in a row.
Jacksonville took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth. Jordan Groshans reached first on an infield hit. With one out, Jacob Amaya’s deep double in the gap between left and right field scored Groshans.
The Knights took a four-run lead in the sixth. Zach Remillard walked and went to third on starter Jeff Lindgren’s throwing error to first. Jefry Yan came on in relief. A balk on his first pitch brought Remillard home.
Yan walked Oscar Colas, Carlos Perez, and Nate Mondou. Stephen Piscotty’s infield pop fly scored Colas and Perez. Jake Marisnick’s line drive triple to center field scored Mondou and Piscotty to give the visitors a 5-1 lead.
Lindgren pitched well. He gave up three hits, struck out nine and walked two in five innings.
Charlotte loaded the bases with no outs in the eighth. Victor Reyes scored on Piscotty’s sacrifice fly to right field. Perez scored his second run of the game on an Erick Gonzalez ground out to kake it 7-1.
Sánchez has been on the injured list since May 14 with a right hamstring strain. The 25-year-old had played in 29 games with Miami prior to his injury, batting .290/.364/.551/.914 with nine doubles, three home runs, 10 RBIs, three stolen bases and nine runs scored.
A native of Higuey, Dominican Republic, Sánchez played with Jacksonville in both 2021 and 2022. In 2021, he began the year with the Jumbo Shrimp, where he hit .349/.400/.643 with nine home runs and 28 RBIs in 33 games.
Sánchez will be the sixth Marlin to embark on an injury rehab assignment with Jacksonville. He joins Marlins teammate Nic Enright, who began his rehab assignment on May 7, as well as left-hander Steven Okert (April 7-21), infielder Joey Wendle (April 26-May 7), right-hander JT Chargois (May 9-16) and first baseman/outfielder Garrett Cooper (May 12).
The two clubs meet again on Saturday night at 6:05 p.m.