Once again, we are just hoping for one thing from Roman Quinn this spring: stay healthy. 2017 was yet another year lost to injury as Quinn strained the ulnar collateral ligament in his non-throwing elbow diving into third base. It was another injury in a long line of them during Quinn’s career.
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Despite all the injuries, there is still hope Quinn can carve out a role on the team as a fifth outfielder and a base stealing threat late in games. Despite everything that happened, Quinn has retained most, if not all, of his 80-grade speed. He stole 169 bases in 219 attempts through his minor-league career.
The team wants to see what Quinn can do in this potential role. He won’t be playing nearly as often, limiting chances for injuries to occur. Quinn could also wind up playing his old position of shortstop again; he has already spent time there this spring and will continue to.
Quinn has played six games so far this spring, collecting three hits and four walks. One hit was a three-run home run. He has yet to show off his speed with a stolen base this spring.
As of now, the arrow is pointing up for Quinn. However, it only takes one wrong step for things to fall apart again.