Player Notes - Atlanta and Miami
Atlanta
 PlayerPos.DescriptionInsightDate
Jason HeywardRFBraves right fielder Jason Heyward (back) isn't in the lineup Friday.Heyward left Monday's game with back spasms and hasn't been able to play since then.8/1/2014 7:04:00 PM
Evan GattisCBraves catcher Evan Gattis is getting the night off Friday.Gattis has gone 8-for-31 (.258) with one homer since he returned from the disabled list.8/1/2014 7:03:00 PM
Emilio BonifacioIF/OFThe Cubs have traded utilityman Emilio Bonifacio to the Atlanta Braves along with lefty reliever James Russell.Bonifacio has hit .400 with four doubles, a homer and a steal since he came off the disabled list on July 22. He'll likely fill in at second and in the outfield for the Braves but won't play every day.7/31/2014 5:59:00 PM
Justin UptonLFBraves left fielder Justin Upton has just three hits in 29 career at-bats (.103) against Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw.Struggling against Kershaw isn't something to be ashamed about, but fantasy owners should avoid Upton Wednesday.7/31/2014 12:48:00 PM
Jason HeywardRFBraves right fielder Jason Heyward (back) isn't expected to play until Friday, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.Heyward left Monday's game with back spasms and sat out Tuesday and Wednesday. Manager Fredi Gonzalez said he'll probably give Heyward one more day off.7/30/2014 10:52:00 PM
Jason HeywardRFBraves right fielder Jason Heyward (back) is out of the lineup Wednesday.Heyward left Monday's game with back spasms and sat out Tuesday. He was expected back Wednesday's but isn't ready.7/30/2014 6:59:00 PM
Justin UptonLFBraves left fielder Justin Upton hasn't had trouble against Dodgers starter Zack Greinke.Upton is 5-for-11 (.455) with a double, a homer and four walks against Greinke. He's batted .302 in July but hit just two home runs.7/30/2014 12:44:00 PM
Jason HeywardRFBraves right fielder Jason Heyward (back) is expected back in the lineup Wednesday or Thursday, according to Mark Bowman of mlb.com.Heyward is out of the lineup Tuesday after leaving Monday's game with lower back spasms. Ryan Doumit is starting in right field on Tuesday.7/29/2014 7:30:00 PM
Jonny VentersRPBraves reliever Jonny Venters could be throwing off a mound by the end of the week, according to manager Fredi Gonzalez.A dominant setup man early in his career, the hard-throwing lefty hasn't pitched in the majors since 2012 after Tommy John surgery and a setback-filled recovery.7/29/2014 11:11:00 AM
Jason HeywardRFBraves right fielder Jason Heyward left Monday's game after three innings due to a sore back and is questionable for Tuesday's game against the LA Dodgers.Heyward is batting .261 with nine homers, 42 RBI and 53 runs scored. He's been playing much better lately, batting .313 in July so fantasy owners hope he makes a quick recovery.7/29/2014 11:07:00 AM


Miami
 PlayerPos.DescriptionInsightDate
HotGiancarlo StantonRFMiami right fielder Giancarlo Stanton homered again Friday against the Reds.Make that three straight games with a homer for Stanton. He hit .205 with a two home runs and 32 Ks over 83 at-bats in his first 23 games of July, but he's gone 5-for-13 with a double, three homers and five RBI in his last four games.8/1/2014 10:12:00 PM
HotHenderson AlvarezSPMiami right-hander Henderson Alvarez has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation.Alvarez threw seven scoreless innings Tuesday against the Nationals and ranks fourth in the NL with a 2.48 ERA. Jacob Turner, who was going to be replaced by Jarred Cosart in the rotation, will take Alvarez' spot.8/1/2014 5:34:00 PM
Giancarlo StantonRFMiami right fielder Giancarlo Stanton has homered in two straight games.Stanton hit .205 with a two home runs and 32 Ks over 83 at-bats in his first 23 games of July, but he'll go into August on a high note. He went 4-for-10 with a double and two homers the past three games.7/31/2014 10:06:00 PM
Tom KoehlerSPMiami right-hander Tom Koehler allowed two unearned runs on five hits in seven innings Thursday against the Reds.Koehler had a 5.27 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP in his previous 12 starts. He's 7-8 with a 3.70 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP on the year.7/31/2014 10:01:00 PM
Jarred CosartSPJarred Cosart, Enrique Hernandez and Austin Wates have been traded from the Astros to the Marlins for Jake Marisnick, Colin Moran, Frances Martes and a 2015 compensation pick.The 24-year-old Cosart is the only player in this trade that fantasy owners need to worry about this season, and he's 9-7 with a 4.41 ERA, a 1.46 WHIP and 75 Ks in 116 1/3 innings. In other words, he's really not someone fantasy owners need to own.7/31/2014 10:18:00 PM
Giancarlo StantonRFMiami right fielder Giancarlo Stanton went 1-for-3 with a solo homer Wednesday against Washington.Stanton's month of July leaves a lot to be desired. He's hit .225 with three home runs and 12 RBI. He had a .902 OPS or better in each of the first three months.7/30/2014 4:07:00 PM
HotHenderson AlvarezSPMiami right-hander Henderson Alvarez held the Nationals to three hits over seven scoreless innings in a win Tuesday night.Alvarez ranks fourth in the NL with a 2.48 ERA, and he's continued to have success despite striking out very few batters (5.43 K/9).7/29/2014 8:20:00 PM
Garrett Jones1BMiami first baseman Garrett Jones is an ugly 1-for-18 (.056) against Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg.Despite a six-game hitting streak don't be surprised if Jones (.255, 11 HR, 41 RBI) gets the night off, but even if he's in the lineup fantasy owners should stay far away.7/29/2014 10:01:00 AM
Giancarlo StantonRFMiami right fielder Giancarlo Stanton has frequently gotten the best of his matchup with Washington right-hander Stephen Strasburg (9-for-26 with three home runs).The slugger is batting .290 with 23 HR and a league-leading 69 RBI, but is hitting just .205 in July with an ugly .636 OPS.7/29/2014 9:58:00 AM
ColdNathan EovaldiSPMiami starter Nathan Eovaldi has allowed 18 runs on 21 hits over 16 1/3 innings his last three starts.Eovaldi had a 3.05 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP in his first 13 starts, but he's been tagged for 64 hits and 38 earned runs over 53 1/3 innings in his last nine (6.41 ERA, 1.44 WHIP). His ERA and WHIP stand at 4.37 and 1.26, respectively, after he allowed five runs in 5 1/3 innings Monday against the Nationals. Eovaldi throws as hard as anyone in the league, but he doesn't have the secondary stuff to generate strikeouts.7/28/2014 10:21:00 PM