MIAMI -- Chances of Nathan Eovaldi returning to the big league games in April may be slim, but the right-hander should be resuming his throwing program soon.
Initially listed as the Marlins' No. 2 starter, Eovaldi was placed on the 15-day disabled list on March 31, retroactive to March 24, with right shoulder inflammation.
The right-hander has been doing his rehab at the team's Roger Dean Stadium complex in Jupiter, Fla. On Monday, he was at Marlins Park for the team's home opener against the Braves.
Technically, Eovaldi has biceps tendinitis, at the point where the biceps reaches up to the front of his right shoulder. Right now, he continues to rest, but it could be a matter of days before he is back throwing.
A recent MRI exam came back clean, showing inflammation but no structural damage.
"They say if you give it time and let it go away, it shouldn't come back," Eovaldi said. "It wasn't anything that I was pitching through, it was a little tightness."
Eovaldi said he experienced some tightness during his six-inning Spring Training start against the Cardinals on March 23.
"I didn't think anything of it," he said. "The next day it was still tight. I thought maybe it was still soreness."
He did some light throwing a day or two after that start before he was shut down.
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