Marlins notes: Henderson Alvarez expects to start Tuesday
MAY 30, 2014 5:24p ET
MIAMI -- After losing ace Jose Fernandez to Tommy John surgery, having another starter exit a ballgame with right elbow tightness can be worrisome.
Miami Marlins right-hander Henderson Alvarez, however, expects to make his next start Tuesday when the Tampa Bay Rays visit Marlins Park.
"I'm going to throw a bullpen tomorrow 15-20 pitches," Alvarez said through a translator. "Depends on how I feel I'm going to throw on Tuesday."
Alvarez, who had tossed five scoreless innings Wednesday in Washington, came out for precautionary reasons after just 62 pitches.
The 24-year-old told manager Mike Redmond and pitching coach Chuck Hernandez his elbow was a "little sore" and they decided to take him out to "prevent major injury." Earlier this month in San Diego, his biceps bothered him in an unrelated injury.
On Friday afternoon, he played catch and saw doctors. He did not have an MRI.
"I feel pretty good," Alvarez said. "Thank God I didn't feel anything bad."
Alvarez is 2-3 with a 2.97 ERA in 11 starts this season. The Tuesday start will give him an extra day of rest. Lefty Randy Wolf will start the series opener Monday.
"He's checked out," Redmond said. "He's cleared. He's good to go."
ANOTHER SET OF EYES
Right-handed reliever Carter Capps will leave the club in the next couple of days to get a second opinion on his right elbow sprain.
Capps, who landed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday (retroactive to May 26), had given up three runs on four hits over his past two appearances with two walks and a strikeout. His velocity reached 99 mph Sunday.
Acquired in the Logan Morrison trade, the 23-year-old started the season with Triple-A New Orleans to work on a new delivery. Upon his call-up April 23, he tossed six of seven scoreless outings.
"He's still the same," Redmond said. "He's going to be down. He's resting right now."
FURCAL BACK AT IT
Second baseman Rafael Furcal began another rehab assignment Thursday with Single-A Jupiter as he works back from tightness in his right groin.
Furcal went 0 for 3 -- flying out twice and grounding out to second -- before leaving in the top of the seventh. He committed a fielding error at second on the first play of the game. Furcal was scheduled to be in the Hammerheads lineup again Friday.
The 36-year-old began the season on the 15-day DL before being transferred to the 60-day May 22. Last month with Double-A Jacksonville, Furcal aggravated his groin while rehabbing a strained left hamstring, cutting his stint short.
"It's a build-up, progression, ease him into playing nine innings," Redmond said. "From what I've heard, everything as scheduled. Keep working him, get him out there playing and see how he progresses. Hopefully this is the stretch that keeps him on the field."
It was announced that Tuesday night's rainout in Washington will be made up as part of a doubleheader Friday, Sept. 26 at Nationals Park. Game 1 will start at 1:05 p.m., and Game 2 will begin as originally scheduled at 7:05 p.m.