Player Notes - Miami and Minnesota
Miami
 PlayerPos.DescriptionInsightDate
Jose FernandezSPMarlins starter Jose Fernandez (Tommy John surgery in May) will be allowed to start throwing Oct. 1, according to Joe Frisaro of mlb.com.Fernandez (4-2, 2.44 ERA) is still likely out until midway through the 2015 season., but its nice to see progress.9/19/2014 4:45:00 PM
Jarrod SaltalamacchiaCMiami catcher Jarrod Saltalmacchia is a career 5-for-11 (.455) against Nationals starter Doug Fister.If you are looking for the 2012 version of Saltalamacchia who blasted 25 homers, he's not home. Salty is batting .225 with 11 homers and 44 RBI, but he does have a nice matchup.9/19/2014 12:20:00 PM
ColdHenderson AlvarezSPMarlins right-hander Henderson Alvarez has struggled recently, heading into tonight's start against the Mets.Alvarez has been solid throughout 2014, but that has not been the case over his past three starts (0-1 and 5.17 ERA). If owners have another option, do not be afraid to keep Alvarez on the bench.9/17/2014 10:38:00 AM
Giancarlo StantonRFMarlins manager Mike Redmond said Tuesday that the chances of Giancarlo Stanton returning this season are "not looking good" according to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald.With less than two weeks left in the season, doctors have advised against a return this year for Stanton. The outfielder suffered multiple facial fractures and lacerations requiring more than 20 stitches, as well as losing multiple teeth after taking a pitch in the face against Brewers starter Mike Fiers last Thursday. Miami is supposed to give an official update on Wednesday, but plan for Stanton to not be in your lineup from here on out.9/16/2014 10:29:00 PM
HotJarred CosartSPMarlins right-hander Jarred Cosart has enjoyed his move to the National League.After going 9-7 with a 4.41 ERA for the Astros, Cosart has seemed to find his groove with Miami. Not only is he 4-2 with a 1.93 ERA and 0.99 WHIP with Marlins, Cosart has actually been even better over his past three starts (2-1, 1.74 ERA and 0.97 WHIP). If he is not in your lineup, get him in there.9/15/2014 1:33:00 PM
Steve CishekRPMarlins closer Steve Cishek saved his 35th gave this season against the Phillies on Sunday.Cishek watched Jonathan Papelbon cough up a three run lead in the top of the ninth, and the Marlins closer nearly gave it right back. He pitched around a hit and a walk as the Marlins escaped with a 5-4 victory. Cishek has a 3.38 ERA and four blown saves to go along with his 35 saves.9/14/2013 6:37:00 PM
Garrett Jones1BMarlins first baseman Garrett Jones hit a solo home run against Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick for Miami's only run on Saturday as Philadelphia won, 2-1.Miami has struggled without Giancarlo Stanton in the lineup as they have scored just four runs in the last 22 innings since he left. Every hitter in the Marlin lineup loses fantasy value without Stanton, but besides Marcell Ozuna, Jones is the only power bat left for Miami. He has 15 homers with 51 RBI and is batting .242.9/14/2014 9:11:00 AM
Henderson AlvarezSPMarlins right-hander Henderson Alvarez pitched seven innings, allowed one run on seven hits, struck out four and walked none in a no-decision against the Phillies on Friday.Alvarez has had a solid season, replacing Jose Fernandez on top of the Miami rotation. Alvarez is 10-6 with a 2.81 ERA, 102 strikeouts and 1.23 WHIP in 166 and 1/3 innings this year.9/12/2014 10:22:00 PM
Giancarlo StantonRFMarlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton is likely done for the season after taking a pitch to the face and suffering multiple fractures.Stanton leads the NL in homers (37), RBI (105) slugging (.555), OPS (.950) and total bases (299). There is no player who can replace those numbers.9/12/2014 9:35:00 AM
Garrett Jones1BMarlins first baseman Garrett Jones is 1-for-10 lifetime with five strikeouts against Brewers pitcher Mike Fiers.Fiers is a decent pitcher, but it is not like he will be in Cy Young contention anytime soon. Jones just doesn't see the ball well against him. Don't start Jones on Thursday.9/11/2014 1:15:00 PM


Minnesota
 PlayerPos.DescriptionInsightDate
Glen PerkinsSPTwins closer Glen Perkins will not pitch for the remainder of the 2014 season due to a left forearm strain and nerve irritation in his left elbow according to MLB.comOn a positive note, an MRI revealed no damage to his UCL. He will participate in an offseason strengthening program, and is expected to be ready to go by spring training.9/19/2014 8:47:00 PM
Oswaldo ArciaRFTwins right fielder Oswaldo Arcia (upper back tightness) whould be a very nice option Friday if he's back in the starting lineup.Arcia is 4-for-8 with three home runs and six RBI versus Cleveland starter Trevor Bauer. He's currently on a five-game hitting streak.9/19/2014 1:00:00 PM
Sam FuldLFAthletics outfielder Sam Fuld was 2-for-4 with two RBI in a loss against the Rangers on Thursday.Fuld hit a two-run triple in the third inning to score Derek Norris and Coco Crisp. Those were the only runs Oakland scored in the 7-2 loss as Texas completed the three game sweep.9/18/2014 6:58:00 PM
Joe Mauer1BTwins first baseman Joe Mauer is a .167 hitter (3-for-18), with five strikeouts against Tigers' starter David Price.Mauer has had a disappointing season in 2014, and that trend could continue tonight versus one of Detroit's aces.9/17/2014 11:28:00 AM
HotKennys VargasDHTwins first baseman Kennys Vargas went 3-for-4 with two runs and a home run against the Tigers on Tuesday.Vargas scored the first run of the game and extended the Minnesota lead in the sixth with a solo home run. Vargas is batting .294 with eight home runs and 36 RBI in 180 at-bats this year.9/16/2014 11:45:00 PM
HotRicky NolascoSPTwins starter Ricky Nolasco pitched eight shutout innings, allowed five hits, struck out five and walked one in a no-decision against the Tigers on Tuesday.Nolasco was in line for the victory until Twins closer Glen Perkins yielded three runs in the top of the ninth. Minnesota rallied in the bottom of the inning to win, 4-3. Nolasco is 5-11 with a 5.34 ERA, but he has an ERA of 1.35 in his last three starts.9/16/2014 11:38:00 PM
Oswaldo ArciaRFTwins right fielder Oswaldo Arcia had to be taken out of Monday's game with upper back tightness.Arcia was 1-for-3, including his 18th homerun of the season, before bing removed. He has struggled from an average standpoint in 2014 (.231/.304/.456), but has shown nice power. Consider Arcia day-to-day going forward.9/16/2014 9:47:00 AM
Trevor MaySPTwins pitcher Trevor May struck out 10 and walked none in six innings against the White Sox on Sunday.May allowed three runs on five hits as well. The 24-year-old has now won his last three starts and is 3-4 on the year.9/14/2014 6:41:00 PM
Brian Dozier2BTwins second baseman Brian Dozier is 2-for-12 in his career against White Sox pitcher Hector Noesi.Dozier does have a home run against Noesi, but other than that, has struggled against the right hander. Dozier also struggled in a doubleheader on Saturday, going 0-for-7 in the two games combined.9/14/2014 11:18:00 AM
Tommy MiloneSPTwins starter Tommy Milone is unlikely to start on Monday due to a sore neck.Milone was already pushed back to start Monday when Friday's game was rained out. With only two weeks remaining in the season, it is possible Milone is done for the year. Anthony Swarsak is the best candidate to start in Milone's place on Monday.9/13/2014 3:27:00 PM