Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill confirmed Thursday that Alfaro (oblique) has regained full health since the MLB season was suspended in mid-March, Craig Mish of SportsGrid.com reports.
Had the regular season begun March 26 as initially planned, Alfaro might not have been ready to play, as he had been sidelined for a couple weeks before spring training was suspended due to a left oblique strain. The delayed start to the season has now afforded Alfaro ample time to move past the issue, so he should be a full participant in workouts when the Marlins are allowed to reconvene. He'll serve as the team's top backstop once again in 2020 after posting a .737 OPS in his first season with the club.
Alfaro (oblique) should be 100 percent healthy once MLB is ready to resume play.
The catcher was making steady progress in his recovery from a strained oblique suffered in late February, and per Joe Frisaro and Christina de Nicola of MLB.com, Alfaro had been set to take live batting practice last weekend before camp was suspended. He'll handle No. 1 duties behind the plate for Miami after slugging a career-high 18 homers in 2019.
Marlins manager Don Mattingly said Wednesday that doctors have cleared Alfaro (oblique) for some light hitting and catching activities, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.
Mattingly relayed that he expects Alfaro's progression to full workouts will take "a little bit," but the Marlins are still anticipating that the backstop will be ready to go by the time Opening Day arrives March 26. Alfaro has been idle for the past week with a left oblique strain, an injury that can often carry a volatile recovery timeline. Alfaro is probably at least a week away from catching in Grapefruit League games, so in the meantime, top backup Francisco Cervelli should pick up some more work behind the plate.
Alfaro (oblique) won't swing a bat and likely won't throw for a couple of days, Christina De Nicola of MLB.com reports.
He'll be able to run to stay in shape, but the Marlins aren't taking any chances with their No. 1 catcher this early in the spring. "We feel like it's something we caught it early enough," Mattingly said. "He didn't keep swinging, try to keep playing. Hopefully we're on top of it and it turns into a three-, four-, five-day thing instead of a three-week thing. But we'll see." If Alfaro avoids aggravating the oblique issue, he could return to action sometime next week.
Alfaro was removed from Thursday's lineup against the Mets with left oblique tightness, Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald reports.
Ryan Lavarnway will bat eighth and handle catching duties Thursday. Alfaro is coming off his first season in Miami, hitting .262/.312/.425 with 18 home runs, 57 RBI and 44 runs scored across 465 plate appearances. The 26-year-old should be considered day-to-day.
Alfaro is not in the lineup for Friday's game at Philadelphia.
Alfaro will head to the bench for the second straight contest after starting 12 of the previous 13 games. Tyler Heineman will take over behind the plate, batting eighth.
Alfaro is not starting Thursday against the Mets.
Alfaro heads to the bench for what appears to be a routine day off following four straight starts. Tyler Heineman is starting at catcher and hitting eighth in this one.
Alfaro went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Wednesday's 10-3 loss to the Mets.
His ninth-inning blast wasn't exactly clutch given the final score, but it did put the capper on a huge series for Alfaro -- he collected three homers and eight RBI through three games in New York. The 26-year-old is slashing .263/.313/.425 with 18 home runs and 57 RBI on the year.
Alfaro went 2-for-4 with a pair of home runs, five RBI and a walk to help the Marlins to an 8-4 victory over the Mets on Monday.
The backstop checked in with his 16th and 17th homers of the season, going yard in the second and sixth innings off Steven Matz as part of a five-RBI day. It's been a respectable if unspectacular campaign at the dish for Alfaro, who is slashing .263/.313/.421 over 125 games.
Alfaro (hand) will start Wednesday against Arizona, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.
Alfaro left Tuesday's game with a bruised hand after getting struck by a batter's backswing. The issue evidently wasn't particularly serious as he won't wind up missing any time. He'll catch and bat fifth Wednesday.
Alfaro left Tuesday's game against the Diamondbacks in the second inning with a left hand contusion, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.
The team is listing him as day-to-day. He initially stayed in after getting hit on the wrist by a backswing, but then was forced to exit. Alfaro went 0-for-1 before being replaced by Bryan Holaday.
Alfaro went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Saturday's 4-2 win over the Giants.
The catcher broke open a scoreless tie in the top of the seventh inning by hammering a Madison Bumgarner curveball 473 feet to left-center field. It's Alfaro's first homer since Aug. 27 and his 15th of the year, and his .268/.312/.420 slash line is remarkably similar to the numbers he put up in Philadelphia last season.
Alfaro is not in Wednesday's lineup against the Brewers.
He is 8-for-21 (.381) with zero home runs and a 7:5 K:BB in seven games this month. Bryan Holaday will start behind the dish and hit eighth.
Alfaro is not in Friday's lineup against the Royals.
Alfaro has been red hot at the plate, hitting .425 with three home runs and two doubles over his last 10 games. Bryan Holaday is starting behind the dish and hitting eighth.
Alfaro will head to the bench for Tuesday's game against the Pirates.
Alfaro will receive another day to rest after sitting out Sunday and benefitting from a scheduled off day Monday. Bryan Holaday slots in behind the dish and will bat eighth.
Alfaro is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Nationals, Andre Fernandez of The Athletic reports.
He'll just be getting some routine maintenance following three consecutive starts. Bryan Holaday replaces Alfaro behind the plate.
Alfaro is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Reds, Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald reports.
Alfaro is in the midst of a five-game hitting streak, slashing .524/.424/1.000 with three home runs and four RBI during that stretch. He'll give way to Bryan Holaday behind the dish Wednesday after starting the past two games.
Alfaro went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer and two runs scored Tuesday against the Reds.
Alfaro took Luis Castillo deep in the sixth frame to record his 14th homer of the season. He's been hot at the plate of late, recording multiple hits in each of his past four games while also homering in three consecutive contests. That's boosted his slash line to .271/.307/.429 across 371 plate appearances for the season.
Alfaro is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Phillies, Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald reports.
Alfaro started the first two games of the series and six of the last seven contests, so he'll remain on the bench Sunday. Bryan Holaday will start behind the plate and bat eighth for the Marlins.
Alfaro is not in Thursday's lineup against the Braves, Andre Fernandez of The Athletic reports.
He has started eight of the last 10 games, hitting .233 with 12 strikeouts and zero home runs in 30 at-bats over that stretch. Bryan Holaday will start behind the dish and hit eighth.
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