By RENALDO DORSETT
Tribune Sports Reporter
JASRADO “Jazz” Chisholm Jr has been on the injured list since June 29, but the Miami Marlins’ All-Star second baseman has not ruled out a return to the field for an appearance in the midseason classic.
The 92nd MLB All-Star Game will take place at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California and Chisholm still looks to make an historic appearance for both Bahamian baseball and the Marlins franchise. “My back right now is feeling alright,” Chisholm said. “I think I might be able to get on the field by [this] week. So, I feel like I should be able to play in the game,” Chisholm told reporters in a Zoom call.
Chisholm is the first-ever Bahamian-born All-Star of the nine to ever play in the MLB. From the Marlins perspective, he joins Hanley Ramírez, Dee Strange- Gordon, Marcell Ozuna, Gary Sheffield and Giancarlo Stanton as the only Marlins to be fan-elected starters.
Chisholm’s last appearance on the field in a Marlins uniform was June 28. He originally injured the back early in the season on a slide and re-aggravated it in late June, which forced him out of the lineup.
He returned to the field the following game and doubled on “Bahamian Heritage Night” but was again sidelined the following day in the series finale against the New York Mets.
Chisholm has reportedly been rehabbing his back at the Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium complex in Jupiter, Florida. No definitive timetable has been set for his return.
Through 60 games he has a .254 average, 14 home runs, 54 hits, 45 RBI, 12 stolen bases and scored 39 runs.
“I feel like I can go a lot further than I am now. I always say I can be a 40/40 [home run/stolen bases] guy, if I really focus the whole year. No distractions. No anything. Just go out there and play baseball,” Chisholm said. “That was always my goal. So, I’m going to keep that as my goal and my ceiling.”