Injuries & Moves: López, 2 prospects dealt for Arraez

January 20th, 2023

Keep track of the Marlins’ transactions and injury updates throughout the offseason.


Jan. 20: INF Luis Arraez acquired from the Twins; RHP Pablo López, prospects INF Jose Salas and OF Byron Chourio traded to Minnesota
Arraez, the reigning American League batting champion and an All-Star infielder, joins Miami to fill out its infield while adding a power bat. The 25-year-old has a .314 average through 389 career games and was the only Major Leaguer last season to strike out fewer than 50 times in 500-plus plate appearances (43 K's). Read more >>

Jan. 19: Marlins sign RHP and designate for assignment LHP
In order to make space on the 40-man roster for Cueto, the Marlins designated for assignment Castano. The 28-year-old southpaw was a swingman for the club, posting a 3.89 ERA in 22 games (17 starts) since his MLB debut in 2020. Castano, whose MRI on Aug. 29, 2022, revealed a small tear in the SLAP (labrum/top) of his left shoulder, had thrown a couple of bullpens, per general manager Kim Ng.


2B Jazz Chisholm Jr. (stress fracture in back; knee surgery)
Expected return: 2023
Based on footage from his Instagram, Chisholm has been cleared to take batting practice at loanDepot park. 

Activated from the 60-day injured list on Nov. 10 to remain on the 40-man roster, Chisholm revealed on the Sept. 21 Bally Sports Florida broadcast that he tore his right meniscus sliding into the bag during a Spring Training game. When Chisholm asked the doctor whether he could play through it, he was told yes, but he would deal with a lot of swelling. At the time, the plan was to get the surgery after the season.

Sidelined since June 29 with a stress fracture in his lower back, Chisholm already was declared done for the season when he underwent a right meniscus repair on Sept. 16. (Last updated: Jan. 9)

OF Jorge Soler (lower back spasms)
Expected return: 2023
On Jan. 11, general manager Kim Ng said Soler has no limitations. Soler began taking swings in mid-December and had said "it's probably the best I've felt so far."

Soler went to Los Angeles on Sept. 13 to visit with Dr. Robert Watkins, whose recommended course of action was continued rehab and no surgery. The Marlins had transferred Soler to the 60-day IL on Sept. 15 after he experienced a setback while completing baseball activities in Jupiter, Fla. -- including taking batting practice on the field on Aug. 29 and hitting in a sim game on Sept. 3. He last appeared in a big league game on July 22, when he was removed due to back stiffness. (Last updated: Jan. 11)

RHP Max Meyer (Tommy John surgery)
Expected return:
Meyer told Kyle Sielaff on the Marlins' Hot Stove Show that he will begin throwing on Feb. 1. General manager Kim Ng had said during Winter Meetings that Meyer will be on the injured list in 2023 and "hopefully ready to go in 2024." He underwent Tommy John surgery on Aug. 9, 2022, after exiting his second MLB start following just 10 pitches on July 23. (Last updated: Jan. 18) More >

RHP Anthony Bender (Tommy John surgery)
Expected return:
General manager Kim Ng said Bender will be on the injured list in 2023 and "hopefully ready to go in 2024." Bender was activated from the 60-day IL on Nov. 10 to remain on the 40-man roster. He underwent Tommy John surgery on Aug. 30 after exiting five pitches into his outing on Aug. 13. (Last updated: Dec. 6)

Minor Leagues

RHP (right shoulder surgery)
Expected return
: 2023
Sánchez is going through his rehab progression after having right shoulder arthroscopic bursectomy surgery on Oct. 5. Miami still anticipates Sánchez will be ready for Spring Training, and according to general manager Kim Ng, the club was able to get a fourth Minor League option for him. The 24-year-old has sustained several setbacks, including discomfort following a simulated game on Aug. 17, since an initial procedure on his right shoulder on July 20, 2021.

"Actually got some video of him throwing, and he's looking good," Ng said. (Last updated: Dec. 6)