It’s something Ichiro Suzuki hasn’t experienced before. An injury that has kept him from doing what he does best. But such is the situation in Jupiter, Florida as the Miami Marlins outfielder was held out of spring training drills after injuring his quad in an outfield collision. Per Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, the 43-year-old sensation was expected to take it easy for a few days before resuming baseball activities.
"Right now, right above the knee hurts the most, but we'll see," Ichiro said Wednesday morning through his interpreter, Allen Turner. "Maybe I'll do some light machine work, and then do some treatment."
Hard to believer, but the outfielder has never had a situation where he has had to seek medical attention in his MLB career until Tuesday afternoon, after he collided with Brandon Barnes during a drill. Ichiro was in center field and Barnes was in right, and the two were pursuing the ball, and both were calling to make the play.
Initially, Ichiro stayed on the field, but he eventually walked slowly off the field to the clubhouse. Last season, it was Suzuki who was playing the fill-in role for other outfielders who had suffered injuries, most notably Giancarlo Stanton.
"I think he will be OK," manager Don Mattingly said. "Sore quad. A little bit sore in the back. He probably feels the quad more today, just because the knee is there. But probably the back is something we'll be sure we get away from as time goes. I feel pretty good about it."
He also hurt his back on the play, but the injury above the right knee is the one that appears to be giving him more discomfort.
It is believed he will be held out of drills with the team for the next few days while healing.
"I'm just going to take it day by day and see how it feels," Ichiro said.