It has been a tough season for Marlins pitchers as yet again, Henderson Alvarez was forced from the game earlier than he wanted due to an injury.
Joe Panik, second baseman for the San Francisco Giants, hit a sharp ground ball up the middle with a runner on second base. Alvarez was struck on the left leg and the ball bounded back toward home. Alvarez was able to recover, chasing down the ball and throwing out Panik at first base for the second out.
Alvarez immediately doubled over in pain and it was quickly obvious that he was not able to place any weight on the leg. Alvarez had to be helped off of the field by a trainer and Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Sam Dyson came on in relief and got the final out of the inning, stranding the runner at third base.
Henderson gave up 2 runs in 2 2/3 innings, only 1 of those runs earned. It wasn’t a great outing from him, but the Marlins desperately needed him to go further into the game to help out a bullpen that received a lot of work the previous night.
Thankfully, early reports indicate that the injury to Alvarez may not be too serious.
Left shin bruise for Alvarez. #Marlins
— Juan C. Rodriguez (@JCRMarlinsbeat) July 20, 2014
It is being said that Alvarez is day-to-day. If Alvarez is able to make his next scheduled start, the Marlins would have certainly dodged a bullet as the injury looked very painful.