Alvarez's return puts crowded rotation in flux

Marlins not planning on going with six-man staff; off-days next week a factor

Alvarez's return puts crowded rotation in flux

MIAMI -- The Marlins are set to reinstate Henderson Alvarez from the disabled list on Saturday to face the D-backs. After that, the rotation is in a state of flux.

With scheduled days off on Monday and Thursday (Aug. 21) next week, manager Mike Redmond and pitching coach Chuck Hernandez are in the process of adjusting the rotation.

For now, all that is set is Brad Penny will start the series opener with Arizona on Thursday, followed by Brad Hand on Friday and Alvarez on Saturday.

Jarred Cosart could fall in line to start Sunday in the finale of the four-game series with the D-backs. But he has not officially been announced.

Once Alvarez comes off the DL, the team will have to make a decision, because it isn't planning on going with six starters.

Alvarez, on the DL retroactive to July 30 with right shoulder inflammation, threw a bullpen session on Wednesday.

"We've talked about getting guys an extra day, and I think it sort of sets up that way, where we can get each guy one extra day," Redmond said.

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