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Marlins SP Trevor Rogers leaves start vs. Giants with potential injury

We’ve got all the latest on Marlins lefty Trevor Roers, who was forced to exit his start in the fourth inning.

Trevor Rogers of the Miami Marlins delivers a pitch against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning at loanDepot park on April 19, 2023 in Miami, Florida. Photo by Megan Briggs/Getty Images

Just as Trevor Rogers was finally starting to show glimpses of his All-Star form from 2021, the lefty may be headed to the injured list. Rogers was forced to leave his start on Wednesday against the San Francisco Giants in the fourth inning, after giving up a double to Darin Ruf and immediately drawing the concern of Miami Marlins trainers.

Even more concerning, Rogers’ fastball velocity was significantly down throughout the start:

The team has yet to make an announcement about a diagnosis or potential timetable for return, but if Rogers is forced to miss time it would be a big blow to the Marlins’ rotation — especially with Max Meyer on the shelf, Johnny Cueto rehabbing his biceps injury and Sixto Sanchez just now starting to pitch to live hitters.

After struggling through his first two starts of the 2023 season, Rogers looked like his old self last week against the Arizona Diamondbacks, throwing six innings of one-run ball while striking out seven. He was rolling against the Giants, with just one run and three hits allowed through his first three-plus innings.

Once upon a time, the lefty looked like one of the brightest young arms in baseball, posting a 2.64 ERA with 157 Ks in 133 innings en route to a second-place finish in NL Rookie of the Year voting. But he scuffled through a lost 2022, with his ERA ballooning up to 5.47 and his strikeout rate dropping dramatically as hitters started adjusting to his elite changeup.