Henderson Alvarez to be activated from disabled list Sunday

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Marlins right-hander Henderson Alvarez went down last month with shoulder inflammation, but Manny Navarro of the Miami Herald reports that he’ll be activated from the disabled list to make his return Sunday against the Braves.

Alvarez was Miami’s Opening Day starter this season and allowed six runs in 12 innings over his first two starts prior to being placed on the disabled list. There were some concerns about his elbow in addition to his shoulder, but fortunately for the Marlins, the issue turned out to be minor. The 25-year-old was cleared to return after striking out five batters over six scoreless innings Tuesday in his lone minor league rehab start with High-A Jupiter.

Tom Koehler has been serving as the team’s fifth starter, but Alvarez’s return is expected to push him into a bullpen role.