Villar remains out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Yankees.
Bo Bichette's return from the injured list Sept. 12 wasn't expected to spell an end to Villar's time as an everyday player, but that's how things have ended up playing out. Despite having the ability to play at other positions, Villar will be on the bench for the fourth time in 10 games. His slumping ways at the plate have likely factored into his declining playing time; Villar has slashed .182/.274/.200 since coming over to Toronto in an Aug. 31 trade with the Marlins.
Villar went 2-for-4 with two stolen bases and an RBI Friday as the Blue Jays took down the Mets 3-2.
Villar was very active on the basepaths as he stole bases 10 and 11 on the season while also collecting his 12th RBI. The 29-year-old is hitting .247/.312/.312 and currently ranks third in baseball with 11 steals.
Villar isn't starting Tuesday against the Yankees.
Villar had 20 plate appearances over the past four games, going 3-for-16 with four walks, one RBI and four strikeouts during that time. He'll take a breather Tuesday with Santiago Espinal starting at shortstop.
Villar is out of the lineup for Game 1 of Friday's doubleheader against the Red Sox.
The 29-year-old received starts at second base and shortstop in his first three games with the Blue Jays after being acquired Monday, but he'll head to the bench for Friday's afternoon contest. Villar is off to a rough start with his new team, going 2-for-12 with a walk while committing two errors and multiple baserunning gaffes. Cavan Biggio and Joe Panik will start in the middle infield for the Blue Jays in the matinee.
Villar was traded from the Marlins to the Blue Jays on Monday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
The Blue Jays were in need of middle infield help with Bo Bichette (knee) on the injured list, and they should get their short-term answer with Villar. It's unclear what kind of role Villar will play once Bichette returns to action, but he could get a fair amount of playing time due to his defensive versatility. Villar hit .272 with two home runs, nine RBI and nine stolen bases while serving as an everyday player in Miami this season. Isan Diaz (opt out) plans to return to the team and should take over at second base for the Marlins if he's reinstated, Craig Mish of SportsGrid.com reports.
Villar will man second base and will bat sixth in Monday's game against the Mets, Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald reports.
Though he's been an everyday player all season for Miami, Villar's inclusion in the lineup is more notable than usual, as his name continues to pop up in trade rumors leading up to Monday's 4 p.m. deadline for deals to be made. According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Blue Jays are among the many teams who have inquired about Villar, but the 14-15 Marlins may not be inclined to part with the veteran while they remain firmly in the mix for a spot in the expanded postseason. With a .272 average to go with two home runs, nine steals, 10 runs and nine RBI in 29 games, Villar has thus far met the expectations that most fantasy managers had for him on draft day.
Villar recorded five hits -- all singles -- to go with an RBI, a run and a stolen base in Saturday's doubleheader split with the Nationals.
Villar also recorded a single and a double in Friday's series opener, so he'll head into Sunday's contest riding a three-game multi-hit streak. The 29-year-old, who is now slashing .279/.330/.395 with seven stolen bases on the season, will start at second base and bat leadoff Sunday, according to Andre Fernandez of Sirius XM Radio.
Villar is not in Wednesday's lineup against the Mets, Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald reports.
This will be Villar's first day off of the season. Magneuris Sierra replaces him atop the lineup while Logan Forsythe gets the start at second base.
Villar went 2-for-5 with a walk, a solo home run and a second run scored in Monday's 11-4 loss to the Mets.
The fifth-inning shot off Jeurys Familia was Villar's second homer of the year. The veteran infielder is only hitting .242 through 16 games, but he's otherwise providing solid fantasy value with six runs, seven RBI and six steals.
Villar went 2-for-4 with two stolen bases, a double, an RBI, a run and a walk as he helped the Marlins to an 8-2 win over the Braves on Friday.
Villar, who drove home the first Marlins run on a third-inning double, is up to five stolen bases on the season. After a 40-steal campaign in 2019 that was good for third in the league, he's now tied for second in the majors in stolen bases after Friday's performance.
Villar went 2-for-4 with a walk, an RBI and a stolen base in Wednesday's extra-inning win over the Blue Jays.
The 29-year-old has settled into a groove after the Marlins' chaotic start to the season, hitting .270 (10-for-37) so far in August. Villar has also begun to make an impact on the basepaths, with all three of his steals on the season coming in the last seven games.
Villar went 3-for-5 with a solo home run, an additional RBI and a stolen base in Thursday's win over the Orioles.
Villar smacked his first homer of the season in the bottom of the first inning, and he later plated another run with a single in the fourth, scoring Magneuris Sierra. This was Villar's first multi-hit performance of the season, although he extended his hitting streak to five contests, going 7-for-18 (.389) with a homer, two RBI, four runs scored, two walks and two stolen bases during that stretch.
Villar will operate as the Marlins' primary shortstop until Miguel Rojas (illness) returns from the injured list, Craig Mish of SportsGrid.com reports.
Villar started at second base, center field and designated hitter over the first three games of the season before Miami's COVID-19 outbreak, but he'll shift to shortstop while Rojas is sidelined. The 29-year-old is starting at shortstop and batting leadoff Tuesday at Baltimore, and he should remain a fixture at the top of the order for the rest of the season, regardless of where he's playing in the field.
Villar and the rest of his Marlins teammates won't take the field until at least Monday due to the team's coronavirus outbreak, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.
The Marlins' schedule has been paused with as many as 19 team employees, the majority of whom appear to be players, testing positive for COVID-19. The team's next scheduled game is due to take place against the Phillies next Tuesday.
Villar (back) served as the designated hitter in Friday's intrasquad scrimmage, Jordan McPherson of The Miami Herald reports.
Minor back spasms kept Villar off the field Thursday, but he was feeling well enough to hit Friday, if not play defense. It's still not entirely clear where the veteran will be stationed regularly during the season, or if he'll be used as a super-utility player, but wherever he lines up defensively he's expected to be the Marlins' everyday leadoff hitter.
Villar wasn't in the lineup for Thursday's intrasquad matchup as he deals with minor back spasms, Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald reports.
The issue doesn't sound overly serious, but the team elected to use caution by giving Villar a day off Thursday. The 29-year-old reportedly felt better as the intrasquad game approached, but he'll still be held out to avoid risk. Since both Villar and the Marlins didn't sound too concerned, it wouldn't be surprising to see him return to action in the coming days.
Villar may not be the Marlins' regular center fielder this season, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.
The veteran second baseman had just begun adjusting to a new defensive home when spring training was put on pause, and the quick ramp-up and circumstances of summer camp may not give Villar enough time to get comfortable in the outfield. "We do see him a little more infield now," manager Don Mattingly said Monday. "With the DH, he can go a little bit back and forth -- with center field, second base, shortstop and DH -- to be able to keep him fresh." Villar still figures to be in the lineup every day as the leadoff hitter, however, and the shift away from a full transition to center field could actually be good news for his fantasy value if it allows him to gain extra position eligibility.
Villar has consistently hit leadoff in the Marlins' early spring contests, a likely indication of the regular-season batting order, Jordan McPherson of The Miami Herald reports.
He's been followed in the lineup by Brian Anderson, Corey Dickerson and Jesus Aguilar. While Villar has been playing a new position in center field for a new team this spring, hitting at the top of the order should be very familiar for the 28-year-old -- over half of his 3,002 career plate appearances have come from the leadoff spot.
Villar saw his first spring action in center field Thursday, Jordan McPherson of The Miami Herald reports.
He got the start and played four innings, with his only defensive work coming on a lazy flyball. "It was my first day," Villar said. "Maybe another day, I'll play more innings and get more opportunities to play and I'll feel more comfortable." Villar, a middle infielder for nearly his entire big-league career coming into 2020, had slotted in at DH in his prior three spring appearances as the Marlins tried to make sure he was ready for the change in assignment. Wherever he plays, Miami's offense could certainly use a player who hit 24 homers and stole 40 bases with a .792 OPS last season.
Villar is expected to be the Marlins' Opening Day center fielder, Andersen Pickard of MLB Daily Dish reports.
Reports from earlier in the offseason indicated Villar would get some work in the outfield, but it now sounds as though that will be his primary home in 2020, provided he acquits himself well in camp. Villar has started just eight career games in the outfield, but he's an athletic player whose skills should theoretically translate to the position. Expect Villar to pick up an extra spot of positional eligibility early in the season if the Marlins stick with the plan.
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|09/24||vs NYY||W 4-1||4||0||1||0||0||0||1|
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|09/21||vs NYY||W 11-5||4||0||0||0||0||0||0|
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|2011||AA-Corpus Christi Hooks||83||324||52||75||16||2||10||26||29||100||14||6||.232||.301||.386|
|2012||AA-Corpus Christi Hooks||86||326||54||85||7||2||11||50||35||87||39||8||.261||.336||.396|
|2013||AAA-Oklahoma City Redhaw||91||339||47||94||16||8||8||41||32||93||31||7||.277||.341||.443|
|2014||AAA-Oklahoma City Redhaw||51||190||34||49||2||3||3||27||31||61||24||6||.258||.363||.347|
|2017||AFX-Wisconsin Timber Rat||4||13||2||8||1||1||0||6||1||3||0||1||.615||.600||.846|
|2018||AAA-Colorado Springs Sky||3||10||4||6||0||0||1||1||1||1||1||0||.600||.636||.900|