Stanek is fully recovered from the back injury that limited him in the spring, Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald reports.
The right-hander threw only four innings in Grapefruit League action back in March, but he appears to be good to go for summer camp. Stanek's experience in a variety of roles with the Rays the last two seasons, including as an opener, could serve him well during what's likely to be a chaotic 2020 campaign, but his main appeal to fantasy GMs remains his career 11.0 K/9.
Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill said Thursday that Stanek has responded well while receiving treatment for his lower-back injury in Tampa, Craig Mish of SportsGrid.com reports.
Hill didn't specify whether Stanek had resumed a throwing program, but with the MLB season likely at least a month away from starting up, the reliever still has plenty of time to ease back to full health. Assuming Stanek is good to go by the time play resumes, he'll likely serve as one of the Marlins' top setup men out of the bullpen.
Stanek's availability for Opening Day is in jeopardy due to a lower back injury, Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald reports.
It's not clear when the right-hander sustained the injury, but the Marlins are being cautious with him. "Stanek, he's getting better," manager Don Mattingly said. "He's in the mode of we've got to get him stronger and get back on the mound. Of course, we've got to get him good. That lower back is something obviously for a pitcher or anyone." Stanek has a 0.00 ERA and 4:1 K:BB through four innings this spring, and when healthy is expected to handle a high-leverage role in the Miami bullpen.
Stanek struck out three over 1.2 perfect innings in Wednesday's loss to the Brewers.
Stanek worked out of a two-on, one-out jam in the seventh inning by striking out Ryan Braun and Eric Thames (both swinging), and then retired the side in order in the eighth before handing the ball over to Jose Urena. Urena gave up a two-run homer to take the loss and has now given up five runs in four innings since returning from the injured list. Despite Urena's struggles, the Marlins haven't given any indication that they will end the Urena-as-closer experiment early. Stanek could challenge for the job in spring training, but expect him to remain in a setup role over the rest of this season.
Stanek (0-4) blew the save and was hit with the loss Friday night against the Nationals after allowing two runs on two hits and a walk over one-thid of an inning.
Stanek entered the matchup in the bottom of the ninth with a one-run lead, but he surrendered a pair of runs on a single to left field, ending the contest. The 28-year-old has blown four saves in his last five appearances, and he seems unlikely to hang onto the closer's role for much longer given his recent struggles.
Stanek may only get another week in the closer's role with the news that Jose Urena (back) might take over in the ninth inning when he is activated in September, Craig Mish of FNTSY Sports Radio reports.
The Marlins are saying they are not looking past this season as far as the closer role is concerned, but the organization thought that it would be good for Urena to return in a role where he would know when he would be used rather than slotting into a crowded rotation. The right-hander is under team control through the 2021 season while Stanek is under team control through 2023. Stanek had a reasonable chance of establishing himself as the Marlins' closer after getting traded from Tampa Bay at the deadline, but he has given up seven earned runs (three home runs) in 6.1 innings with his new team and may have to wait until next spring for his next crack at the job.
Stanek (0-3) allowed two earned runs on three hits and a walk while striking out two to take the loss Thursday against the Braves.
Stanek was called upon to begin the eighth inning with the Marlins up by a run. However, he allowed a solo home run to Freddie Freeman in the eighth inning that tied the score. He then came back out in the ninth frame but allowed two of the first three batters to reach base prior to surrendering the game-winning single to Ronald Acuna with two outs. Stanek appears to have the usage of a closer, but he's been rocky since joining the Marlins by allowing seven earned runs across 7.1 innings.
Stanek allowed two runs (one earned) on a hit and a walk Sunday, striking out two and blowing the save opportunity in the loss to Colorado.
Stanek had a 3.40 ERA with the Rays before being traded to Miami; since then, he's coughed up six runs (five earned) in 4.2 innings. Sunday was the first save chance he's gotten this season, and he didn't exactly warrant more looks in the near future.
Stanek (hip) was activated off the 10-day injured list Monday, Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald reports.
Stanek had been out since mid-July due to right hip soreness. He struggled at the very end of his tenure in Tampa, allowing seven runs in his final seven innings, but his overall 3.40 ERA was quite respectable. The closing role is wide open in Miami after Sergio Romo and Nick Anderson were traded at the deadline, and Stanek could get the chance to stake his claim at some point. According to Craig Mish of FNTSY Sports Radio, the Marlins plan on deploying Stanek in high-leverage spots right away.
Stanek (hip) was traded from the Rays to the Marlins on Wednesday along with Jesus Sanchez in exchange for Trevor Richards and Nick Anderson, Craig Mish of FNTSY Sports Radio reports.
Stanek, who is currently on the injured list with a hip injury, is expected to report to High-A Jupiter, where he'll likely make a couple of minor-league rehab appearances before joining the Marlins, per Andre Fernandez of The Athletic. In 41 appearances this season, the righty reliever owns a 3.40 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 61:20 K:BB in 55.2 innings.
Stanek (hip) completed a 20-pitch bullpen session Monday at Tropicana Field and is slated to throw one inning for High-A Charlotte on Wednesday, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
The news continues to be good, as it appears the right-hander will be back in minimum time from his stay on the injured list. Stanek will only need Wednesday's rehab appearance before activation according to manager Kevin Cash, meaning he'd presumably be back with the big-league club Saturday if there are no setbacks.
Stanek (hip) tossed a successful bullpen session Sunday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
The Rays haven't officially outlined the next steps for Stanek, but he's expected to throw another bullpen session within a few days. If that goes well, he would likely make one minor-league rehab appearance before rejoining the Rays for their home series against the Marlins next weekend. Stanek has been on the shelf since July 19 with a sore right hip.
Stanek (hip) is scheduled to throw a bullpen over the weekend, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Stanek is ready to resume mound work less than a week after landing on the injured list with a sore right hip. How the right-hander responds to his upcoming bullpen session should shed some light on whether he'll be ready to return when first eligible next week.
Stanek (hip) took the weekend off from playing catch, but he resumed some baseball activities Monday, Ryan Kolakowski of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
The right-hander hit the injured list Saturday after struggling in a conventional relief appearance Friday night against the White Sox. Stanek is shooting to only miss the minimum amount of time his 10-day IL designation requires, and the next several days should shed further light on whether that remains a realistic timeline.
The Rays placed Stanek on the 10-day injured list Saturday with a sore right hip, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
Stanek likely picked up the injury in his relief appearance in Friday's loss to the White Sox, when he served up a run on three hits and struck out one in his lone inning of work. Since the injury is characterized as soreness rather than a hip strain, Stanek shouldn't be in store for a lengthy IL stint. Hunter Wood was recalled from Triple-A Durham in a corresponding move and could fill Stanek's role as an opening pitcher and middle reliever.
Stanek will open Tuesday's game against the Yankees, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Stanek will get another opportunity to open after tossing two scoreless frames in Sunday's series finale against Baltimore. Jalen Beeks is expected to follow Stanek as the bulk reliever.
Stanek struck out two over two scoreless innings as an opener Sunday against the Orioles.
Stanek turned in a solid outing, setting the table for the Rays to come away with a 4-1 victory in the series finale. The 27-year-old has now opened 26 contests this season and owns a 3.14 ERA and 1.12 WHIP with a 56:19 K:BB across 51.2 innings.
Stanek will serve as the opener Sunday in Baltimore, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Stanek will make his first appearance of the second half in Sunday's series finale. The 28-year-old has a 2.08 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 44:13 K:BB over 39 innings when working as an opener this season.
Stanek (0-2) took the loss in an extra-innings defeat at the hands of the Yankees on Friday, allowing four earned runs on four hits over an inning while recording one strikeout.
Stanek was thrust into the increasingly unfamiliar position of a late-inning, high-leverage scenario and came up considerably short. There wasn't much suspense in terms of whether Stanek would be able to successfully carry out the task of preserving a 4-4 tie upon entering in the 11th inning, as he allowed a leadoff solo home run to Aaron Judge. After retiring the next two batters, Stanek ultimately yielded a three-run homer to Brett Gardner following a single by Gleyber Torres and a double by Gio Urshela. It was the second multi-run outing for Stanek in his last four appearances, a rocky stretch his ERA has gone from 2.47 to 3.26.
Stanek served as the opener in a loss to the Orioles on Wednesday and generated a perfect first inning in which he recorded two strikeouts.
Stanek could hardly have been more efficient in his latest turn as an opener, needing just 11 pitches, eight of which he threw for strikes, to get through his sole frame. The right-hander has opened July with three scoreless innings across two appearances and now sports a 2.59 ERA and 1.11 WHIP on the campaign.
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