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Marlins place Jorge Alfaro on concussion IL

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Catcher Jorge Alfaro has been moved to the seven-day concussion injured list, the Marlins announced Friday. Alfaro exited Thursday’s 7-6 win over the Cardinals after he took a backswing and foul tip off of his helmet and catcher’s mask, respectively. He’ll be eligible to rejoin the club as early as next week’s homestand.

This is the second significant injury for the 26-year-old backstop this season, as he missed nearly five weeks this spring with a left calf strain. So far in 2019, he’s batting .261/.312/.419 with nine home runs, 27 RBI, and a .731 OPS across 218 plate appearances.

In a series of corresponding moves, the Marlins recalled right-handed reliever Jeff Brigham from Triple-A New Orleans, purchased the contract of catcher Wilkin Castillo, transferred catcher Chad Wallach to the 60-day IL, and optioned outfielder Austin Dean to Triple-A as well. As both Alfaro and Wallach are currently indisposed with concussion symptoms, Castillo will provide some depth behind veteran starting catcher Bryan Holaday, who took over for Alfaro on Friday and holds a .250 average on the year.

Zack Wheeler headed to IL due to shoulder fatigue

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Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler will be placed on the 10-day injured list due to fatigue in his right shoulder, Newsday’s Tim Healey reports. The roster move is retroactive to July 12. Steven Matz will open up a two-game series in Minnesota, starting in Wheeler’s place on Tuesday.

As Healey notes, the soonest Wheeler can return is July 23, which would give him at most two starts ahead of the July 31 trade deadline. Wheeler has frequently been brought up in trade conversations as he can become a free agent after the season and the 42-51 Mets have been freefalling.

Wheeler, 29, owns a 4.69 ERA with 130 strikeouts and 34 walks across 119 innings of work this season.