The red-hot Miami Marlins took a major hit Wednesday as they placed reigning NL Cy Young Award winner Sandy Alcantara and star slugger Jorge Soler on the injured list.

Alcantara will miss time due to a right forearm strain, while Soler is out because of a right oblique strain.

The injuries come at a terrible time for the Marlins, who have won five straight and entered the day a half-game behind Cincinnati in the race for the National League’s third wild-card spot.

Alcantara first experienced discomfort during his last start against Washington on Sunday but completed eight innings in a 6-4 win.

“I didn’t feel bad, but I talked to my trainer about it,” Alcantara said. “Knowing of the hard work that I put on my body, I just have to take it.”

Alcantara missed one start this season because of biceps tendinitis but has made at least 30 starts in each of the previous two seasons.

He is 7-12 with a 4.14 ERA in 26 starts this season and leads the majors with three complete games and is second in innings (184.2).

Soler earned his first All-Star selection this season and ranks among the NL leaders with 35 home runs.

The native of Cuba missed five games with hip tightness before returning Tuesday in a 6-3 win over the Dodgers.

“It’s not ideal at this time of year, but these things happen in the game,” Miami manager Skip Schumaker said. “It gives another guy an opportunity to step up because we’re right in the middle of this thing.”

The Marlins are seeking their first playoff berth in a 162-game season since the 2003 team won the World Series.

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