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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.

Astros trade Jake Marisnick to the Mets

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The Mets and Astros have announced that they’ve completed a trade. The Mets will get outfielder Jake Marisnick from the Astros in exchange for outfielder Kenedy Corona and lefty Blake Taylor.

Marisnick, a seven-year big league veteran, has never hit all that much — his career line is .227/.280/.380 — but he’s a very strong defender at all three outfield positions and can run a good bit. That makes him a decent bench option at least. To the extent the Mets rely on him to be more than a bench guy they’ll get diminishing returns, but the Astros used him a good deal more than your standard 4-5th outfielder and that worked out fine. Really, having a no-hit, plus-defending center fielder is something that even contenders can deal with, even if you’d like some more offense.

Taylor is organizational depth. He turns 25 next season and has only pitched 50 innings above A-ball. Corona was an international signee last year so he’s not near contributing to a contender like Houston.