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Sandy Alcantara’s Season Comes to an Abrupt End, Raising Concerns for Next Year

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Sandy Alcantara’s Season Comes to an Abrupt End, Raising Concerns for Next Year

MIAMI — Sandy Alcantara, the National League Cy Young winner from the Dominican Republic, has encountered a setback in his recovery, putting his chances of pitching for the Miami Marlins next season in doubt.

Alcantara, the Marlins’ ace, experienced stiffness in his forearm during a Triple-A Jacksonville appearance on Thursday. This setback comes as he was rehabbing a forearm flexor strain that landed him on the injured list on September 6. Alcantara was hoping to make a return and contribute to the team’s push for a wild card spot.

Expressing his frustration, Alcantara said, “It’s very frustrating for me, a person who likes to compete. I feel bad for the fans, my family, my son, my friends because I won’t be there this year. I’ll try to be ready next year. Stay positive.”

The 28-year-old pitcher plans to meet with team general manager Kim Ng, manager Skip Schumaker, and his agent to discuss the next steps in his recovery. “We will have a conversation to make the necessary decisions. We have to decide if there will be an operation or not, I don’t know. We have to get together,” Alcantara stated.

Despite the setback, Alcantara had shown promise during his rehab start, completing four scoreless innings. Prior to his injury, he had successfully gone through a painless throwing program and bullpen sessions.

During the 2022 season, Alcantara impressed the baseball world, going 14-9 with a stellar 2.28 ERA. He led the major leagues in innings pitched (228 2/3) and complete games (3), making him the Marlins’ first-ever Cy Young winner. However, this season has been more challenging for him as he finished with a 7-12 record and a 4.14 ERA. The forearm injury forced him to miss games for the first time in his professional career.

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The Marlins and Alcantara now face the difficult task of determining the best course of action to ensure his full recovery and return to form for the upcoming season.

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