Marlins transfer Alvarez to 60-day DL

Marlins transfer Alvarez to 60-day DL

SAN DIEGO -- Until the last week of Spring Training, the Marlins were anticipating Henderson Alvarez being a big part of their rotation. Now, the earliest the 23-year-old will be available is shortly before the All-Star break.

The Marlins on Tuesday announced Alvarez was transferred to the 60-day disabled list. The transaction is the corresponding move to the club placing second baseman Donovan Solano on the 15-day DL, retroactive to Monday, with a left intercostal strain. Nick Green had his contract selected from Triple-A New Orleans.

To create 40-man roster space for Green, Miami had to move Alvarez to the 60-day DL.

Acquired from the Blue Jays last November as part of the big 12-player trade, Alvarez opened the season on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation. His recovery had a setback recently, and he began playing light catch on Monday.

Manager Mike Redmond said on Tuesday that Alvarez is on a throwing progression, and that he wasn't going to be game-ready until after the 60-day period.

"It kind of worked out where he could go to the 60-day," Redmond said. "He's just starting the process of coming back, and starting to play catch and building his long-toss sessions. He's still a ways out. We're hoping that this is it, and we won't have any more setbacks."

Alvarez initially was slated to be Miami's No. 4 starter, but he went on the disabled list the day before the season opened.

Alvarez pitched for Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic and made four Grapefruit League appearances for Miami in Spring Training.

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