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Miami Marlins second baseman Jazz Chisholm Jr. (hamstring) is not in the starting lineup on Saturday against the Atlanta Braves. Chisholm will miss his fourth straight game after leaving last Sunday's game early with hamstring tightness. The good news is that the 24-year-old is expected to avoid the injured and return at some point this weekend. Chisholm has been a must-start when he's in the lineup, as he's hitting .290/.341/.581 with a .921 OPS, seven home runs, a league-leading four triples, 27 RBI, 21 runs scored and six stolen bases in 139 plate appearances over 34 games played. Jon Berti is starting at the keystone and is hitting leadoff on Saturday against Braves left-hander Tucker Davidson. Berti has some DFS sleeper appeal in the leadoff spot while hitting .295 in 54 plate appearances for the Fish in 18 games.
Miami Marlins outfielder Avisail Garcia was placed on the injured list without a designation on Friday. When this happens, it is safe to assume that the player either tested positive for COVID-19 or was feeling under the weather. There is no way to know when he will return until we know more about the situation, so stay tuned. The Marlins activated Jon Berti from IL in a corresponding move.
The Miami Marlins activated infielder Joey Wendle (hamstring) and reliever Richard Bleier (illness) from the injured list on Thursday and optioned Payton Henry and Joe Dunand to Triple-A Jacksonville in corresponding moves. Wendle has been on the shelf since May 13, but he will return to the team's starting lineup on Friday after going on a minor league rehab assignment. The 32-year-old will likely be involved in some sort of timeshare at third base with Brian Anderson now that he's back. Wendle is the more attractive fantasy option, as he is hitting a cool .304/.368/.456 with an .824 OPS, two home runs, six doubles, 10 RBI, 12 runs scored and four stolen bases in 87 plate appearances over his first 25 games for the Fish this year.
The Miami Marlins acquired infielder Luke Williams from the San Francisco Giants on Thursday in exchange for infielder Hayden Cantrelle. Williams played in eight games for the Giants this year, going 3-for-12 with no home runs and three RBI. The Giants designated him for assignment last week. In 66 career games for the Philadelphia Phillies and Giants the last two years, Williams has slashed .245/.308/.318 with one home run, nine RBI, nine runs scored and two stolen bases. The 25-year-old will provide organizational depth for the Fish. Cantrelle has some speed, but he was struggling with a .185 batting average and 40 strikeouts in 28 games for Double-A Pensacola before the trade.
Miami Marlins pitching prospect Max Meyer (elbow) will throw off of flat ground Thursday. The talented right-hander was placed on the injured list last week with right ulnar nerve irritation. The 23-year-old got off to a sizzling start for Triple-A Jacksonville, but struggled in his last couple of starts. Those struggles could be contributed to his health. For the season, Meyer is 2-2 with a 4.54 ERA and 44 strikeouts in 39 1/3 innings. Pending health, Meyer should make his debut at some point in 2022 and will be worth rostering in all formats.