PHILADELPHIA -- The Marlins' mega-trade with Toronto is starting to look cursed -- for both teams. On the same day the Blue Jays placed Josh Johnson on the disabled list with arm problems, Marlins manager Mike Redmond said pitcher Henderson Alvarez suffered a "setback" in his recovery from right shoulder inflammation and has stopped throwing.
"He was a little sore after his last outing and so they're just going to shut him down, give him a couple of extra days break, and then start him throwing again," Redmond said. "I assume they'll start long-tossing again, start the progression again."
Of the seven players that the Marlins received in the trade, four -- Alvarez, shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria, catcher Jeff Mathis and outfielder Jake Marisnick -- have spent time on the disabled list. And Johnson joins shortstop Jose Reyes on the DL for Toronto.
Hechavarria came off the DL on Thursday and was back in the lineup for the Marlins as they opened a four-game series at Citizens Bank Park against the Phillies. Redmond said Mathis (broken collarbone) was scheduled to play five innings in his first rehab game tonight with Single A Jupiter.
In addition, injured pitcher Nathan Eovaldi (right shoulder inflammation) has just started throwing again, but is "still a ways off," Redmond said.
After punishing the Marlins for so long, Matt Diaz said it made sense to contact the club once he became a free agent and was looking for work. The Marlins selected Diaz on Thursday and added him to the roster.
"That was one of the first calls we made because you know they think you're good because you have good numbers against them," Diaz said.
Diaz has a career average of .360 against the Marlins while hitting about a fifth (10) of his 45 home runs against them, mostly when he was with Atlanta. He's also been a far better hitter against left-handed pitching (.324 with 31 HR against LHP versus .258 with 14 HR against RHP in about the same number of at bats).
"The Marlins early in my career had two lefties, Dontrelle (Willis) and (Scott) Olsen, so I got to play most of the time (when they were pitching)," Diaz said.
Diaz, who is from Lakeland and went to Florida State University, said his success against the Marlins reached a point where his wife was once denied entrance to the parking lot at Sun Life Stadium after being recognized by the attendant.
"My wife tried to park at the old stadium and they said, 'Nope, we're not letting uyou in. He kills us,'" Diaz said. "They let her in ultimately."
Diaz's natural position is left field, but has just recently begun seeing action at first base while with Triple A New Orleans. Redmond said he'll use Diaz primarily against left-handers.
Marlins: 1. Juan Pierre, lf; 2. Donovan Solano, 2b; 3. Placido Polanco, 3b; 4. Greg Dobbs, 1b; 5. Justin Ruggiano, cf; 6. Rob Brantly, c; 7. Marcell Ozuna, rf; 8. Adeiny Hechavarria, ss; 9. Alex Sanabia, p.
Phillies: 1. Jimmy Rollins, ss; 2. Chase Utley, 2b; 3. Michael Young, 3b; 4. Ryan Howard, 1b; 5. Delmon Young, rf; 6. Domonic Brown, lf; 7. John Mayberry Jr. cf; 8. Erik Kratz, c; 9. Kyle Kendrick, rhp.
UMPIRES: HP -- Eric Cooper; 1B -- Paul Schrieber; 2B -- Chad Fairchild; 3B -- Jeff Kellogg.