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Kevin Slowey to bullpen; Chris Coghlan improving

PHOENIX -- With Nathan Eovaldi set to make his season debut on Tuesday -- in the same place (Chase Field) where he made his major league debut, ironically -- Kevin Slowey becomes the odd man out in the Marlins' starting rotation.

Slowey slides to the bullpen, where he'll be used in long relief.

"Slowey's going to be kind of that swing man, that long guy, to come in and throw multiple innings," said manager Mike Redmond. "That'll be how it goes now for a while."

Asked why Slowey, and not Tom Koehler, was displaced, Redmond replied: "I just think, right now, Slowey has kind of pitched in that role before, and right now I think he's better equipped. It doesn't mean it's going to stay like that."

Redmond noted that Henderson Alvarez is scheduled to make his second rehab start on Tuesday for Single A Jupiter and may be no more than two outings away from coming off the DL and joining the rotation.


Chris Coghlan saw a spine specialist in Dallas on Sunday and was instructed to continue resting his injured back. That was good news for the Marlins and Coghlan, who avoided the need for surgery.

Redmond said he spoke with Coghlan, who told him he is already feeling much better.


Logan Morrison returns to the lineup tonight. Morrison had missed the Marlins' previous four games with lower back pain.


Tonight's lineup:

Marlins: 1. Pierre, lf; 2. Lucas, 2b; 3. Stanton, rf; 4. Ozuna, cf; 5. Morrison, 1b; 6. Hechavarria, ss; 7. Polanco, 3b; 8. Mathis, c; 9. Turner, p.