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Marlins prospect Mesa diagnosed with strained hamstring

February 26, 2019
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FILE - In this Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, file photo, Miami Marlins center fielder Victor Victor Mesa jogs back to the dugout after working the sixth inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals, in Jupiter, Fla. Marlins outfield prospect Víctor Víctor Mesa has been diagnosed with a grade one right hamstring strain and reassigned to minor league rehabilitation, a setback in the development of the highly regarded Cuban defector. Mesa underwent an MRI after being hurt Sunday, Feb. 24, in a spring training game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)
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FILE - In this Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, file photo, Miami Marlins center fielder Victor Victor Mesa jogs back to the dugout after working the sixth inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals, in Jupiter, Fla. Marlins outfield prospect Víctor Víctor Mesa has been diagnosed with a grade one right hamstring strain and reassigned to minor league rehabilitation, a setback in the development of the highly regarded Cuban defector. Mesa underwent an MRI after being hurt Sunday, Feb. 24, in a spring training game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Miami Marlins outfield prospect Víctor Víctor Mesa has been diagnosed with a grade one right hamstring strain and reassigned to minor league rehabilitation, a setback in the development of the highly regarded Cuban defector.

Mesa underwent an MRI after being hurt Sunday in a spring training game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. He had been expected to play a lot for the Marlins in spring training before heading to the minor leagues to start the season.

Mesa was rated baseball’s top international prospect when the Marlins signed him for a $5.25 million bonus last October. Going into spring training, he had not played in a game in nearly two years.

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