The Miami Marlins are still lurking in the National League playoff picture. As Thursday’s trade deadline came and went, the Marlins were even still rumored to be in the market as buyers and then made a deal with the Houston Astros to bolster their rotation with Jarred Cosart.
In many ways it is unthinkable that the Marlins are still relevant into August of this season. This season was already presumed to be a lost one in Miami in the minds of most people. Once they lost ace Jose Fernandez, it seemed that any dreams of a playoff run had died.
Those dreams are, in fact, still alive, though they took another hit on Friday with more bad news for the starting rotation.
Redmond said that Alvarez’s shoulder bothered him late Thursday night, and on Friday, the 24-year-old informed pitching coach Chuck Hernandez that his arm was hurting.
“It kind of tightened up on him last night when he was sleeping,” the manager said. “He came in and told Chuck and the trainers. We’re going to get him checked out.”
An MRI exam is expected for Alvarez, whose DL stint is retroactive to Wednesday.
What has sometimes been lost in the season of Tommy John surgeries is the fact that shoulder injuries tend to be even more alarming for teams when it comes to their young starting pitchers. With Alvarez being just 24 years old and with this being a recurring issue, one imagines the Marlins will take it slow with this injury…even if they keep hanging around the playoff picture.