CHICAGO -- In what could be another big blow to the Marlins' starting rotation, Henderson Alvarez left Sunday's game in the sixth inning after suffering a hip injury while covering first base. [See the play here]
After first baseman Garrett Jones fielded Luis Valbuena's hard smash, his flip to Alvarez was high and late. Alvarez leaped to make the catch and landed awkwardly on his left leg as Valbuena crossed safely.
Alvarez returned to the mound under the supervision of trainer Sean Cunningham and manager Mike Redmond, threw one test pitch, and immediately walked off the mound, unable to continue. The Marlins reported he suffered a left hip strain and listed him as a day-to-day.
It's uncertain whether the injury will cause Alvarez to miss his next start. If it turns out that Alvarez is forced to go on the DL, it could hasten the promotion of Andrew Heaney.
Adding insult to injury, the Cubs ended up scoring a pair of runs in the sixth, ending Alvarez's streak of consecutive scoreless innings at 26, making it the third-longest scoreless stretch in Marlins history.
The play was originally ruled an infield hit for Valbuena before later being changed to an error on Jones.