Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that the Marlins have placed starters Henderson Alvarez and Mat Latos on the 15-day disabled list.
Alvarez is dealing with right shoulder inflammation, the same injury that kept him out of action for over a month between April 13 and May 16. It was revealed on Friday afternoon that the right-hander has been pitching with a 90 percent tear of his ulnar collateral ligament “for years”, per Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Alvarez allowed 12 runs on 22 hits and three walks with seven strikeouts over 17 1/3 innings across three starts.
Latos, suffering from inflammation in his left knee, has struggled with the Marlins, his first year with the team after coming over in December’s trade involving Anthony DeSclafani. He’s had some good starts, but overall compiled a 6.12 ERA with a 36/16 K/BB ratio in 42 2/3 innings.
The Marlins lost Friday night’s game against the Orioles, extending their losing streak to eight games. Now 16-27 in the cellar of the NL East, the Fish are 0-5 since Dan Jennings took over as the club’s manager.
The Astros and Nationals share a spring training facility, so it was only natural that they would open Grapefruit League play together. The Astros were the home team. Here’s the lineup they rolled out.
Teams typically include at least a few regulars in their spring training lineups as a courtesy to the fans, who are spending money to see big league players play baseball. This is especially the case for home games. However, the Astros have decided to roll out a lineup with a combined 323 MLB plate appearances.
There might be a reason for that. Houston was lustily booed as they took the field. This was after running a video on the scoreboard celebrating their 2019 AL championship.
That’s all with the team that beat them in the World Series (and is widely regarded as baseball’s current heroes for beating the big bad cheating Astros) in the other dugout, of course. Nationals starter Max Scherzer has not thrown at any Houston player, and the game is now in a rain delay. But it seems like the Astros decided to spare their players from some possible rough treatment, both from fans and opposing pitchers.
The same could not be said for Astros mascot Orbit, who was also booed.
One can quibble with the merits of booing a bunch of players who have barely touched the big leagues because you’re mad at Jose Altuve and Alex Bregman, but sports fandom is something of an irrational business. Fans are going to want their pound of flesh, especially when they paid for the right to be in the ballpark and give the Astros a piece of their mind. Some of them even brought props! This is just how it all works, unfortunately. If you’re in an Astros uniform, you’re probably going to get booed.
Welcome to the 2020 season, Astros. It’s probably going to be like this all year.