Miami Marlins Morning Catch: Reactions to Henderson Alvarez’s Injury


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Losing Henderson Alvarez, even if it is just for a 15-day DL stint is a huge blow for the Miami Marlins. Without Jose Fernandez and with Mat Latos looking like a shell of himself, the team could be in major trouble.

A rotation of Mat Latos, Tom Koehler, Dan Haren, Jarred Cosart, and David Phelps is unlikely to put a fear into many lineups around the league. This quintet through the first 7 games for the Miami Marlins have combined for 23 2/3 innings of work, allowing 17 runs on 27 hits, while striking out just 13 and walking 13.

Alvarez was the Marlins de-facto ace and replacing him with below replacement level pitching with David Phelps is going to sting the Miami Marlins. As I pointed out in my game grades, the Marlins would need to go 87-69 the rest of the way to get to 88 wins, which is likely the low point for how many wins it should take to win either of the NL wild card spots.

The Marlins are in trouble without Henderson Alvarez. And with him dealing with inflammation in both his shoulder and elbow, the team might be best off taking it slow with him, even if it kills their playoff hopes.

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Miami Marlins place Henderson Alvarez on 15-day disabled list with shoulder injury

Manny Navarro, Miami Herald

Bad news came in bunches Sunday for the Marlins.

On Monday, you could argue, they finally caught a break.

Instead of losing Opening Day starter Henderson Alvarez to a season-ending injury, the 2014 All-Star right-hander was placed on the 15-day disabled list after an MRI revealed inflammation in both his shoulder and elbow, manager Mike Redmond said. Click here for full article.

Alvarez goes on 15-day DL with inflammation of right shoulder, elbow

Tom D’Angelo, Palm Beach Post

The Marlins made a flurry of moves Monday – eight in all – but one stood out above the rest.

Opening-day starter Henderson Alvarez was placed on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation of the right shoulder and elbow. Alvarez was examined in Miami after allowing four runs in five innings in the Marlins’ 8-5 loss to the Rays Sunday, a game in which his velocity dipped. Click here for full article.

Marlins have busy day with eight moves including placing Henderson Alvarez on DL, calling up pitching prospect Jose Urena

Tom D’Angelo, Palm Beach Post

The final count for the Marlins was eight roster moves:

RHP Henderson Alvarez (shoulder), catcher Jeff Mathis (hand), infielder Don Kelly (finger) are on the 15-day DL and RHP David Phelps was placed on the paternity list.

Taking their place RHP Carter Capps, catcher J.T. Realmuto, infielder Reid Brignac and RHP prospect Jose Urena. Click here for full article.

Marlins have busy day with eight moves including placing Henderson Alvarez on DL, calling up pitching prospect Jose Urena

Joe Frisaro, Marlins News

The Marlins placed Henderson Alvarez on the 15-day disabled list on Monday due to right shoulder inflammation and mild elbow tightness. The club also announced catcher Jeff Mathis (fractured right hand) and infielder Don Kelly (fractured finger) will be joining Alvarez on the DL.

The three injuries occurred in what turned into literally a painful 8-5 loss on Sunday to the Rays at Marlins Park. During the game, Mathis and Kelly each fractured their right ring finger. It was revealed shortly after the game that Alvarez experienced arm discomfort. Click here for full article.

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Miami Marlins: How Does The Rotation Look Its First Time Through?

Dillon Murrell, Author

With the completion of Jarred Cosart‘s start on Saturday, we have had the chance to see each starter in action. For the most part, the starters have produced in their first times through. In fact, the rotation has probably been the one positive area of this Marlins time through the first week.

Let’s evaluate each pitcher’s start so we can try to get an idea of what to expect from each pitcher going forward. Click here for full article.

Miami Marlins Index: Braves Edge Marlins as Latos Struggles

Ehsan Kassim, Senior Editor

With Henderson Alvarez headed to the Disabled List, the Miami Marlins needed a strong start from Mat Latos. After a 52-minute rain delay, Latos’ first inning could not have gone any better. He retired the Braves in 1-2-3 order, even collecting his first strikeout of the season, a far cry from his 7 runs in 2/3’s of an inning last Tuesday.

Christian Yelich made a remarkable catch in the second inning, potentially saving two runs and then collected a run scoring ground out in the top of the 3rd inning to give the Marlins a 1-0 lead. Click here for full article.

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