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Marlins C Mathis suffers broken collarbone

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JUPITER, Fla. (AP) - Miami Marlins catcher Jeff Mathis has broken his right collarbone in the team's spring training opener and is expected to be out six weeks.

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Mathis was injured in the fourth inning Saturday when he was hit by a foul ball off the bat of St. Louis Cardinals slugger Matt Holliday. After Holliday walked, Mathis was replaced by Kyle Skipworth.

Marlins rookie manager Mike Redmond says it's a big blow to the club because Miami doesn't have a lot of depth behind the plate.

Mathis, projected to be the backup to starter Rob Brantly this season, singled in two at_bats during Miami's 8-3 victory.

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