In the span of five days, the Marlins traded one starting outfielder and saw another starting outfielder have shoulder surgery.
Shortly after Jeremy Hermida was traded to Boston, center fielder Cameron Maybin underwent surgery to repair a partially torn labrum in his left shoulder.
Maybin, 22, said he hurt the shoulder in early August but decided to play through the discomfort.
"I'm looking to returning fully healthy and to a very promising 2010 season," he said.
The Marlins certainly hope so. With Hermida gone, Maybin will be counted on even more. If Maybin has a setback in spring, that could force the Marlins to keep Chris Coghlan in left field, move right fielder Cody Ross to center and find someone to play right.
Scott Cousins and John Raynor are possibilities in the outfield, but the Marlins might prefer that they open the season at Triple-A New Orleans.
Maybin was the starting center fielder last year out of camp but was demoted to New Orleans in early May. For the Marlins, he batted .293 in September with three home runs, 10 RBI and 19 runs.