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Marlins designate Aguilar for assignment

August 26th, 2022

Keep an eye on the Marlins recent transactions and injury updates through the entire season.

Aug. 26: 1B Jess Aguilar designated for assignment

After 3 years with the Marlins, the 32-year-old’s amount of time in Miami found a finish on Friday afternoon. Aguilar, GM Kim Ng along with other staff had discussed a late-season DFA with the initial baseman and designated hitter in the last month, so Aguilar wasn’t blindsided by the move. Ng expressed a hope that Aguilar can hop in with a playoff contender, something Aguilar seconded.

“I am aware the move, I am aware the business enterprise,” Aguilar said. “I simply want to give you thanks in their mind and many thanks for the chance to be always a Marlin for a couple of years, and today I progress. … Hopefully I could be on among those teams [that are] really competing for the playoff spot.”

In three seasons in Miami, Aguilar batted .254 with 45 homers and 176 RBIs. But arguably the bigger legacy was his effect on the clubhouse culture and his teammates, including fellow Venezuelan Miguel Rojas, who was simply initially too emotional to go over the move.

“Many people really like [him],” Rojas said. “For me personally, it is emotional nowadays because I’m not only losing a teammate or perhaps a player on the field.”

Rojas described Aguilar as his “right-hand man” and a teammate who helped him turn into a better leader and discover the joy in playing baseball again.

Aug. 26: 1B/DH Garrett Cooper reinstated from 7-day concussion IL

Cooper, who was simply hit on the helmet by way of a 95.6 mph sinker from Nick Martinez on Aug. 16, was reinstated. Cooper continued a rehab assignment with Single-A Jupiter on Aug. 23 and went 3-for-8 with three walks and an RBI. While rehabbing, Cooper done adjusting his swing compared to that which earned him an All-Star selection in the initial half of the growing season. He’s hopeful those small changes — simplifying his swing and correcting his body and head positioning — will deliver results on the final month.

“After the tide turns and you also struggle a bit, you make an effort to overthink and perhaps overcomplicate everything in the box,” Cooper said. “Snowballs can occur in baseball. So just looking to get back again to what I was doing in the initial half and attempting to tidy up [my swing].”

LHP Daniel Castano (concussion)

Expected return: TBD

Castano, who last started on July 28, is progressing through baseball activities in Jupiter, Fla. He threw 10 pitches off the mound on Aug. 22 but have not started running yet, as he continues to check out the concussion protocol. He sustained a forehead contusion and mild concussion following a 104 mph comebacker caromed off the brim of his cap — leaving a dent — and was caught by third baseman Joey Wendle for the out. A CT scan returned normal. (Last updated: Aug. 22)

RF Avisal Garca (left hamstring strain)

Expected return: Late August/early September

Garca is defined to begin with a rehab assignment at Triple-A Jacksonville on Aug. 27, after successfully continuing strengthening exercises and his running program in Jupiter, Fla. Garca “felt just a little pop” before he touched first base running out a groundout on Aug. 2 and later exited the overall game. After an ultrasound, Garca landed on the 10-day injured list on Aug. 3. (Last updated: Aug. 26)

OF Jorge Soler (low back spasms)

Expected return: Maybe September

Soler hit in the cage in Jupiter, Fla., on Aug. 19 for the very first time. He was taken off a casino game on July 22 because of back stiffness. (Last updated: Aug. 19)

LHP Trevor Rogers (spine spasms)

Expected return: Late August

Rogers made his fourth rehab start and second at Triple-A Jacksonville on Aug. 25. He threw six no-hit innings while accumulating 12 strikeouts on 86 pitches (57 strikes). (Last updated: Aug. 26)

LHP Braxton Garrett (right oblique strain)

Expected return:

Garrett felt a pull in his oblique while throwing on Aug. 19, marking the 1st time he has handled an oblique issue. Garrett doesn’t anticipate it being too much time before he resumes throwing.

“That is why it sort of freaked me a bit, because I understand that oblique could be a little tricky,” Garrett said. “So just wished to bring it with their attention without overexaggerating.”(Last updated: Aug. 21)

RHP Anthony Bender (right elbow strain)

Expected return:
Late 2023 or 2024

Bender will undergo Tommy John surgery on Aug. 31 in LA, with Dr. Neal ElAttrache performing the task. He exited five pitches into his outing on Aug. 13. Bender was positioned on the IL on Aug. 14, and used in the 60-day IL on Aug. 20. (Last updated: Aug. 22)

2B Jazz Chisholm Jr. (stress fracture in back)

Expected return: Maybe September

Chisholm still hasn’t begun baseball activities at the Marlins’ complex in Jupiter, Fla. Chisholm went for a CT scan in LA on July 21 that revealed he previously a stress fracture in his spine, meaning he’d be out of game action for approximately six weeks. Chisholm last played on June 28. (Last updated: Aug. 19)

RHP Cody Poteet (right elbow UCL tear)

Expected return: 2024

Poteet underwent Tommy John surgery on Aug. 17. Dr. Keith Meister performed the task in Arlington. He last pitched July 16, when he allowed five runs in two innings contrary to the Phillies after coming off the IL with an identical right elbow injury. (Last updated: Aug. 19)

RHP Max Meyer (right elbow sprain)

Expected return:

Meyer is going to Jupiter, Fla., to keep his rehab from Tommy John surgery, that was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache on Aug. 9 in LA. He was used in the 60-day IL on July 29 after exiting his second MLB start following just 10 pitches on July 23. (Last updated: Aug. 19)

RHP Jordan Holloway (right elbow impingement)

Expected return: 2023

Holloway underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow on Aug. 9 and can not throw for six weeks. The task was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in LA. Holloway was moved to the 60-day injured list on Aug. 1 after last pitching on July 25. Holloway missed nearly 8 weeks earlier this year. (Last updated: Aug. 15)

RHP Paul Campbell (right elbow strain)

Expected return: 2024

Campbell underwent Tommy John surgery. He was used in the 60-day IL on, may 26 (retroactive to April 18). (Last updated: Aug. 9)

LHP Sean Guenther (Tommy John surgery)

Expected return: 2023

The 26-year-old reliever isn’t throwing. He underwent the task, that was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in LA, on April 7. (Last updated: July 11)

RHP Sixto Snchez (right shoulder surgery)

Expected return

Snchez suffered another setback in his rehab after throwing from 60 feet on Aug. 22, which came after he previously experienced mild shoulder discomfort carrying out a simulated game on Aug. 17 in Jupiter, Fla. With this particular latest setback, the 24-year-old was identified as having right shoulder inflammation and can get a cortisone shot on Aug. 29, and he’ll be further evaluated. Snchez originally underwent an operation on his right shoulder July 20, 2021. (Last updated: Aug. 26)

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