The Marlins are likely to tender a contract to starter Henderson Alvarez by the early December deadline, but are unlikely to do so with reliever Aaron Crow, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports. Both pitchers are currently on their way back from surgical procedures. The Marlins will wait for medicals to come back before making a decision on Alvarez.
Alvarez, 25, underwent surgery on his right shoulder in late July. He made two starts in April before landing on the disabled list for over a month, then made two more starts in May before going back on the shelf. He allowed 18 runs (16 earned) on 28 hits and seven walks with nine strikeouts in 22 1/3 innings.
Crow, 28, suffered a UCL tear in his right elbow and underwent Tommy John surgery in early April. The Marlins acquired him from the Royals in November for Brian Flynn and minor leaguer Reid Redman.
Alvarez will be eligible for his second year of arbitration after earning $4 million in 2015. Crow will be eligible in his third and final year after earning $1.975 million.
Marlins starter Jose Fernandez has left the team, currently in Atlanta, and flown back to Miami to have his right-shoulder examined by a doctor, Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports. The Marlins’ ace is battling some stiffness in his right shoulder.
Fernandez, 23, had Tommy John surgery in May last year. He made his season debut on July 2 against the Giants, and has racked up a superb 2.30 ERA with a 53/10 K/BB ratio in 43 innings across seven starts.
At 43-67, the Marlins are currently tied with the Phillies for the worst record in baseball. Their starting rotation has seen Dan Haren and Mat Latos leave via trade, and Henderson Alvarez is out after undergoing shoulder surgery. Losing Fernandez for any length of time would only further hurt an already depleted stable of starters.
Joe Frisaro has the story over at MLB.com …
Henderson Alvarez, the Marlins’ Opening Day starter, is officially out for the season.
The 25-year-old underwent arthroscopic surgery on Tuesday to repair a right shoulder tear. The procedure was performed by Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, Fla.
Alvarez served as the Marlins’ Opening Day starter, but he hit the disabled list on April 13 with right shoulder inflammation and then landed back on it in late May. In all, the 25-year-old made just four starts this season for the Fish. And it’s not clear if he’s going to be ready for the start of spring training next February.
Alvarez is making $4 million in his first year of arbitration. He had a 2.65 ERA in 30 starts last season.
Marlins right-hander Henderson Alvarez has already been sidelined for two months with shoulder inflammation, but there’s now a chance that his season is over.
Alvarez recently made two minor league rehab starts with High-A Jupiter, but apparently something didn’t feel quite right. It’s worth noting that he also reportedly has a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, though this injury isn’t known to be related. Either way, it’s increasingly clear that this will be a lost season for him.
Jose Fernandez isn’t the only pitcher working his way back for the Marlins. According to Manny Navarro of the Miami Herald, Mat Latos threw a bullpen session today at Marlins Park and is expected to begin a minor league rehab assignment later this week.
Latos has been sidelined since May 21 due to left knee inflammation. After watching today’s bullpen session, Marlins manager Dan Jennings said that it “looks like his knee is definitely feeling stronger.” The plan calls for him to make two rehab starts before the team considers bringing him back.
It’s been a struggle for Latos so far this season. The Marlins were expecting him to be a big piece in their rotation after acquiring him from the Reds over the winter, but he owns an ugly 6.12 ERA and 36/16 K/BB ratio in 42 2/3 innings over nine starts.
As for the other sidelined Fish, Jarred Cosart pitched in an extended spring training game today after hitting the disabled list due to vertigo earlier this month. Henderson Alvarez is likely the furthest away in the group, as he’s still dealing with shoulder inflammation and isn’t expected to play catch again for another week.