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Kim Ng explains 'toughest thing' in evaluating Marlins roster this year; Miami falls to Nationals

Jordan McPherson, Miami Herald on

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WASHINGTON — As her first season as the Miami Marlins’ general manager nears its end, Kim Ng took a chance to reflect.

The season hasn’t gone how anyone inside the organization had hoped. Miami will finish with a losing record for the 11th time in the last 12 years, the lone exception being the 31-29 record during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season that allowed the Marlins to sneak into the playoffs.

The biggest challenge of the season, from Ng’s perspective: Getting a true evaluation of her team when the full roster barely played together at any point in the season.

“In the back of your head, you always think, ‘OK, if we can play relatively healthy, then at least what you thought were your deficiencies or thought were your positives coming out of the offseason, you’d be able to evaluate yourself,’ ” Ng said Tuesday before the Marlins’ 8-2 loss to the Washington Nationals that dropped them to 61-84 on the season. “So I think the toughest thing was when we did get as injured as we did, there’s still this question of ‘What were we really?’ ”

This is especially true of the starting rotation, expected to be the strength of the Marlins’ roster this season.

Sixto Sanchez never threw a pitch after injuring his shoulder in an intrasquad game at the alternate training site before opening day and eventually underwent season-ending surgery.

 

Elieser Hernandez went on the 60-day injured list twice, first with right biceps inflammation and then with a quad strain.

Pablo Lopez hasn’t pitched since the All-Star break while sidelined with a right rotator cuff strain.

Trevor Rogers missed one start with a lower back injury and then missed a month while tending to family issues.

Even Sandy Alcantara missed one start while on the bereavement list.

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