The Mariners confirmed that catcher Jesus Sucre suffered a broken leg while playing winter ball in Venezuela.
The winter baseball season for Jesus Sucre has ended in a painful way.
On Sunday, the Mariners confirmed reports coming out of Venezuela that Sucre had suffered a broken leg while playing for Navengantes del Magallanes in the Venezuela Winter League.
Sources within the organization said that Sucre will undergo another examination on Monday to finalize the diagnosis and what needs to happen for a full recovery. The early reports were that Sucre suffered a broken fibula in his shin area. There is no timetable for a return, though initial reports from Venezuela said six weeks.
With Mariners pitchers and catchers scheduled to report to Peoria, Arizona, on Feb. 19 for spring training, there is a chance that Sucre might not be ready to participate in workouts.
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This winter, he had played in 14 games with Magallanes and was hitting .366 (15-for-41) with eight RBI.
Sucre, 27, has fallen on the Mariners’ catching depth chart with the additions of Chris Iannetta and Steve Clevenger this past offseason. With Mike Zunino slated to start the season at Class AAA Tacoma, Sucre will likely serve as his back-up in Tacoma.
A defense-first catcher, Sucre is a big league back-up catcher at best. And even that is in question. His hitting woes are bad enough to overshadow his defensive ability behind the plate and ultra-strong throwing arm. He played in 52 games for Seattle, hitting .157 (20-for-157) with six doubles, one homer and seven RBI. He’s a career .178 hitter with a .435 on-base plus slugging percentage.