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Marlins place All-Star Henderson Alvarez on disabled list with shoulder inflammation; Turner to take spot in rotation

The big blows keep coming for the Marlins -- and this one could end up hurting more than Thursday's.

A day after a controversial, eighth-inning overturned call at the plate helped wipe out a chance at getting back to .500, the Marlins sent their best pitcher -- All-Star Henderson Alvarez -- to the 15-day disabled list on Friday with shoulder inflammation. 

"I don't know if it's in the same spot or the same type of pain he had last year, but we're going to get him checked out and make sure we get him healthy," manager Mike Redmond said. "Hopefully we caught it early enough where it's not a huge deal. Just 15 days on the DL hopefully. That's the hope."

Redmond said Alvarez, who tossed seven scoreless innings in a 3-0 win over the Nationals on Tuesday, came into the clubhouse Thursday complaining of soreness. 

"He felt it last night when he was sleeping so he came in and told [pitching coach] Chuck[Hernandez]," Redmond said. "How it works with those pitchers is you shut those guys down, let it calm down and let them get healthy. So Jacob Turner will go into the rotation. We plan on him pitching Sunday." 

Left-handed reliever Dan Jennings, sent down to Triple A New Orleans after Thursday's 3-1 loss to Cincinnati to make room for newly acquired starter Jarred Cosart, will return and take Alvarez's spot on the 25-man roster.  

Losing Alvarez couldn't have come at a worse time for the Marlins considering they had won nine of their last 12 games entering Friday to get back into the playoff race. The Marlins have won 14 of the last 17 games Alvarez has started. He's 8-5 with a 2.48 ERA, the fourth lowest among starters in the National League.

"We're in a situation where we're in must-win mode almost," Redmond said. "So to lose your best starter for a couple weeks is another blow. But hopefully Jake can step up and with Cosart [going Friday] he can fill in and give us a chance to win some games."

Before Alvarez's injury, Turner (4-6, 5.69 ERA) was going to be the odd man out in the Marlins' rotation with the addition of Cosart. Now, he's right back in there after having won each of his last two starts. Turner had fallen out of the rotation back in mid-June and was reinserted right after the All-Star break.

"I've got confidence in myself and I think that's the most important thing for any player," Turner said Friday. "I've been feeling good out there for a little while now, so that's a positive."

President of Baseball Operations Mike Hill said Thursday veteran Brad Penny could  be available for the Marlins if they need him in the rotation soon.

Penny, who has pitched in the majors since he was with the Giants for 22 games in 2012 (0-1, 6.11 ERA), made his fourth start for Triple A New Orleans on Wednesday and went six innings, giving up only two earned runs. He's gone 1-2 with a 2.91 ERA in those four starts for the Zephyrs.

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Marlin Fan

Nice a two man starting rotation . Still awaiting Cossart's performance

Flagstaffishfan

Cossart looked good but you can see this season coming to an end quickly.

Lou Vales

Very disappointed. Best part of the game for the Marlins should be knowledge that all of them appeared to outkick their coverage as far as wives. Not that a few million didn't help. There may actually be Major League wives who outkicked their coverage.

Lou Vales

Flags, Do you believe some of us will grade the traded players on a game to game basis??

Dionysus Thexinoe

Lost in all the hubbub of that blasted play at the plate was a great performance by Koehler. I was really impressed by his pitching, the way he was setting up hitters, and the movement and location of his pitches. Although, I really dislike second-guessing and sounding like one of the "after-the-fact" experts who avail themselves of 20-20 hindsight, I have to question Redmond's move in removing Koehler after only 83 pitches. Valdespin's error started the trouble, Koehler was clearly not tiring, so why was an effective pitcher removed? Because no thought went into the move, that's why. And my opinion is confirmed by the fact that Redmond did the same thing last night. Cosart looked good, his pitch count was at 83, and he had given up only an infield single sandwiched by two walks (they HAVE to know already that he walks more than his share, that's who he is). But Redmond brought in Hatcher, who immediately surrendered the double (2 runs) and the deep sac fly for a third run... game over. Memo to Redmond: In the immortal words of Tom Hanks in "A League of Their Own," start using your head... that's that lump that's three feet above your a**.

Dionysus Thexinoe

I also liked the fact that Cosart was pitching INSIDE quite a bit, something we have seen precious little of this season. Maybe HERNANDEZ can learn something from HIM!

Al-Kendall

Bad start to this weekend! In fact, after the first 2 wins against the Nats, it has not been a good week! Except for the 3 Stanton HRs, only Hechavarria and Valdespin have done much with the bat this week. Let's hope for a turnaround soon!

Marlin Fan

Couldn't agree more DT . good post . I like how Redmond brought in a lefty to face a SWITCH hitter . Lol

Lou Vales

The man thing continuing to disappoint me is the continued chasing of bad pitches. Casey and Yelich don't chase crap. Are they the only ones reviewing AB's on the video equipment. Jones swung at one pitch in the strike zone in all his AB's. They do have a hitting instructor? Jones did have the best looking of the 3 wives.

Flagstaffishfan

Yeah Lou. I think we will. The Marlins always seem to have problems with the Central. They play scared against teams like the Reds, Pirates and Cards. Maybe we can only play the Cubs. The question remains who on this team will get the big hit with RISP? Seems like it's been a while. Jones does have a hot wife.

hayu

Jones has a hot wife? Good. Can she play first base? If so, Garrett becomes even more redundant.

effffuuuu

Jews should get out of MLB

Lou Vales

Huh???

hayu

Lou...It seems like every time effffuuuu craps in his diaper, the people at the old folks' home yell at him and then he gets on the computer and says something stupid and spiteful. I guess the fruit cup got to him again.

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