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Prospect Heaney recovering from strained lat

Prospect Heaney recovering from strained lat

WASHINGTON -- Injuries are impacting the Marlins at all levels.

Andrew Heaney, the ninth overall pick in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft, will open the Minor League season on the seven-day disabled list with a strained lat muscle.

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The 21-year-old left-hander is currently on a throwing program, and he is expected to start off in extended Spring Training in Jupiter, Fla., in a week to 10 days.

When fully recovered, Heaney is expected to be part of Class A Jupiter's rotation. Heaney, who was in big league camp, aggravated his lat muscle in the first few days of Spring Training.

Heaney, a standout at Oklahoma State University, made six Minor League starts and pitched in the playoffs for Class A Greensboro.

At the Major League level, Miami is down two starting pitchers due to injuries. Nathan Eovaldi and Henderson Alvarez are both on the DL with right shoulder inflammation.

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter Less