Hunter has been out with a broken bone in his lower back since mid-July and has not looked good this season when healthy. At 30, and with some good years behind him, he should draw attention on the free agent market once his back is properly healed. Teams always need relief help down the stretch, however he can't be on any team's playoff roster unless he is on the squad before September 1st.
With Jose Bautista being activated off of the disabled list, Goins was the odd man out. He isn't much of a contributor at this point and Darwin Barney is serving as the teams primary utility infielder. Goins will likely be back with the team when the rosters expand in September.
Travis has been out of the lineup since Sunday due to sore knuckles as he received a cortisone shot on Wednesday. He should be back for the Blue Jays the next time they take the field, but he clearly couldn't find a good enough grip on the bat to give this one a go. Darwin Barney continues to start in his place.
Manager Terry Collins has stuck to a strict two game schedule for d'Arnaud and one for Rene Rivera so Rivera draws the start on Thursday. d'Arnaud is 2-for-5 career against Adam Wainwright so he could be a pinch-hitter later in the game.
After just one at-bat on Wednesday, Bruce came up lame and left the game. He was hopeful he'd be able to return on Thursday but his calf is still sore and he'll remain out. Curtis Granderson will man right field despite his career 0-for-9 against Adam Wainwright while Alejandro De Aza starts in center. Neither are DFS options.
Getting Bautista back at this time is like acquiring an All-Star for your stretch run. Bautista has not been good at all when healthy this year, but he still reaches base quite often and us always one swing away from leaving the yard.
After being acquired by the Rays earlier in the year, he received the same fate from them as he did on Thursday from the Marlins. Arcia has had an awful year hitting just .226 with six home runs while striking out 66 times in just 55 games.
Fitzgerald injured his knee earlier this preseason and is still feeling the ill effects. The Cardinals are banged up at the WR position and they're being very careful with them heading into the year. Fitzgerald showed you what he can do with an elite QB in 2015, even as he gets up there in age. There's no reason to think he can't repeat last years numbers, as long as he knee holds up.
This shouldn't be considered serious at all as Porter will be back at practice within the next few days. The 9th-year veteran should be considered day-to-day.
Since he's beginning his rehab assignment at Triple-A, it won't be long before we see Coghlan back in the majors. The problem is, who will be sent down in Coghlan's place? Matt Szczur is a likely candidate to give his spot away to Coghlan once he's ready to be recalled.