As if things couldn't get any worse, after dropping their eighth game in a row Friday, the Marlins sent two top of the rotation starters -- Henderson Alvarez and Mat Latos -- to the disabled list.
"Alvarez is going on the DL with right shoulder inflammation and Latos is going on the DL with left knee inflammation," manager Dan Jennings said. "There will be corresponding roster moves that will occur [Saturday]."
For Alvarez, who fell to 0-4 with a 6.45 ERA on Friday, it's the second time this season he's gone to the disabled list with shoulder inflammation and maybe a sign the Marlins rushed him back from his last stint. Earlier in the day Friday, CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reported that Alvarez has apparently been pitching with a 90 percent torn UCL for years, but has been able to get by without needing surgery.
Asked about that before the game, Jennings said: "When we made the trade there was medical exchanges, and we were good with what we had. These guys who have pitched in the big leagues a while there are no pristine arms. There’s wear and tear on all of them.
"Henderson is a competitor and he’ll keep running out there. I’m not sure wehre the information came from – I too heard the report – at the same time I’m not a medical person. We’ll put that in the hands of our medical people."
Jennings said Alvarez began feeling discomfort in the fifth and sixth innings.
Latos, who had surgery to repair a torn meniscus on his left knee, has struggled all season going 1-4 with a 6.12 ERA in nine starts. Last weekend, he was nailed on a comebacker to the mound on his left shin, but made his next start and lost to the Diamondbacks earlier this week, blowing a 3-1 lead.
"He still has the bruise and pretty significant," Jennings said. "[But this is] something with his knee that is ongoing. He's battled through it. He's taken the ball. We just need him to dedicate some time strictly to rebuilding that strength in that knee and coming back to the 100 percent level."
Alvarez and Latos began the season at the top of the Marlins' rotation. Now, it's likely the club will turn to minor leaguers Justin Nicolino and Jose Urena to fill those voids in the rotation.
Nicolino, a left-hander, is 3-1 with a 2.09 ERA in Triple A New Orleans. Urena, briefly called up on earlier this season to provide long relief, is 4-0 with a 1.21 ERA in New Orleans.
"It's tough," Jennings said of losing Alvarez and Latos. "Mat he's a top of the rotation guy when he's 100 percent, when he's healthy. Hendu is an All-Star. So, now someone's going to get an opportunity to step up. Hopefully it will be a boost for us, maybe even a spark. We've had a few guys below perform well and we'll see which guy we go to bring up and give them that opportunity."
> Fans booed Friday when Jennings went to the bullpen with the bases loaded and nobody and brought in former closer Steve Cishek.
"Looking for the ground ball in that situation," Jennings explained. "This guy has performed in high stress situations -- 39 saves last year. We have confidence in him. It didn't work out tonight. The bullpen has been taxed. Two games in a row the bullpen has been taxed and these guys have taken the ball. They've battled, are very gutty. Tonight it didn't work out. But we were looking for the groundball there. His sinker and slider are two good pitches to get that."
> The Marlins finished 3-for-19 with runners in scoring position. Are they pressing? "No. I can't say it is because we had tremendous at-bats. We set the tone early. Dee [Gordon stole] two bags and [Giancarlo Stanton] gets the hit and we're moving, things are looking good. We were aggressive and did some things to set the tone and jumped ahead 3-0.
"Tremendous at bats. They're battling. I think of the basehits  we had there were only two extra base hits. We need that hit to get in the spot where we can do damage. But I will take the way they're battling and the way they're approaching this game and the at-bats they had. Again, it's coming out of that storm. There's a lot of positive to this."