Marlins Outfielder To Undergo Season-Ending Knee Surgery

A brutal break for a 31-year-old journeyman who'd seemed to finally find a role in South Florida. Miami Marlins center fielder Jonathan Davis suffered a knee injury on Tuesday night that will keep him out for the rest of the season.

Davis will have surgery on his meniscus; the MRI thankfully showed no tear, however, the timeline for Davis's return, according to Marlins manager Skip Schumaker, is 3-6 months.  

The injury occurred in Tuesday's game against the St. Louis Cardinals when Davis dove for a Tommy Edman line drive and landed awkwardly on his knee. He had to be carted off the field. 

Davis is known more for his speed and defense than anything he does at the plate, though he is hitting .244 with 22 runs in 34 games filling in in center field for Jazz Chisholm, who was out for six weeks with a bout of turf toe. Chisholm just went back on the IL after a six-game return for an oblique strain, which would have prolonged Davis' starting role. 

The speedster has had minimal time in the majors in his five seasons, and has often been unable to crack the .200 mark in batting. But he had a rare full-time gig with the Marlins until this unfortunate injury. 

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