Henderson Alvarez leaves start with a strained oblique

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Henderson Alvarez has been a bright spot for the Marlins this year, posting a 10-6 record with a 2.75 ERA and earning himself an All-Star appearance. His 26th start was not so good, however.

Alvarez left today’s start against the Mets in the third inning after showing apparent discomfort and decreased velocity. A few moments ago it was announced that he has a left oblique strain. He’s day to day.

The Marlins, who in the past couple of weeks have at least flirted with the wild card a bit, are now 6.5 games back of a playoff spot. Losing Alvarez for even a start or two wouldn’t do much for their already fading chances.

Video: Jake Arrieta hits a 465-foot home run off of Zack Greinke

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Jake Arrieta‘s bat is in midseason form already. The Cubs’ ace swatted a solo home run to center field off of Zack Greinke in Thursday afternoon’s Grapefruit League exhibition game, his first homer of the spring.

The blast went 465 feet, according to MLB.com’s Daren Willman.

Arrieta has hit two home runs in each of the past two seasons. Madison Bumgarner (eight) and Noah Syndergaard (four) are the only other pitchers to match or exceed his output in that department.

Greinke, meanwhile, is hoping to bounce back after a miserable 2016 season. He finished with an uncharacteristic 4.37 ERA in 26 starts in his first year with the Diamondbacks.

Luis Valbuena to miss four to six weeks with a strained right hamstring

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Angels first baseman Luis Valbuena will miss the next four to six weeks with a strained right hamstring, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Valbuena, 31, signed a two-year, $15 million contract with the Angels in January and was on track to get the lion’s share of the playing time at first base. While he’s out, however, C.J. Cron will handle first base on a regular basis. When Valbeuna returns, the two will likely form a platoon.

Last year with the Astros, Valbuena hit a solid .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances.