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 White Sox have reportedly picked up first baseman Yonder Alonso from the Indians, according to Stadium. The return for Alonso is expected to be nothing more flashy than a “fringe prospect,” though the minutiae of the deal is still pending a formal announcement from both teams.
Alonso, 31, inked a two-year deal with the Indians during the 2017 offseason. His first campaign with the club yielded a modest .250/.317/.421 batting line, 23 home runs, .738 OPS and 0.7 fWAR in 574 PA. The real boon for the White Sox may not be a passable veteran bat, however, but something more intangible — like Alonso’s clout with his brother-in-law and highly-coveted free agent slugger, Manny Machado.
While Alonso’s 2018 output represented a significant decline from the career-best numbers he posted in 2017, he’s still a solid contributor at the plate and, more importantly, slated to remain under team control for the next two years with just $8 million owed in 2019 and a $9 million option in 2020. As MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince notes, the $17 million the Indians just erased from their payroll should give them enough room to accommodate the contracts for right-handers Trevor Bauer and Corey Kluber — a bonus regardless of what they happen to get in the trade.