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Nathan Eovaldi will start for Marlins at Diamondbacks on Tuesday

 
 
Miami Marlins pitcher Nathan Eovaldi talks with the press before a game against the San Diego Padres at Marlins Park in Miami on July 27, 2012.
Miami Marlins pitcher Nathan Eovaldi talks with the press before a game against the San Diego Padres at Marlins Park in Miami on July 27, 2012.
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After a strong spring, Nathan Eovaldi was ready to start his season with the Marlins.

A shoulder injury postponed those plans for a few months, but Eovaldi’s season is about to get going.

Eovaldi, who has made five appearances in the minors since May, was told he will start Miami’s game Tuesday in Arizona.

Acquired from the Dodgers in the Hanley Ramirez deal in July, Eovaldi went 3-7 with a 4.43 ERA after joining the Marlins in 2012.

On Thursday night, Eovaldi gave up two runs off five hits in six innings to earn the victory for Double A Jacksonville over the visiting Montgomery (Ala.) Biscuits.

“Ever since I started throwing, the shoulder has felt great,” Eovaldi said from his locker stall inside Marlins Park on Friday afternoon. “I’m glad to be back. I’m good to go. I’ve never had anything wrong with my shoulder, and it has been a learning process. I’ve had to make it stronger. I’ve learned to take care of it.”

Manager Mike Redmond said he liked what he saw from Eovaldi in the spring, one in which the 23-year-old right-hander went 3-0 in six appearances, allowing 10 earned runs and striking out 16 over 24 2/3 innings.

“Things have been going well for him; he’s been throwing hard,” Redmond said.

“The most important thing for him is how he feels, getting his arm strength back up. He had a great spring and then went down with the shoulder.

"He’s been out a long time. I know it’s been a long road for him. He’s excited to be part of the team again. And we’re happy to have him back.’’

Eovaldi will take Tuesday’s start from Kevin Slowey, but Redmond said he hasn’t decided how the rotation is going to shake out with the addition of Eovaldi.

“Right now, the plan is for [Eovaldi] to start on Tuesday in Arizona and we’ll mix-and-match with the rotation to see what fits,’’ Redmond said.

Logan Morrison out

Recently activated first baseman Logan Morrison missed Friday’s series opener against St. Louis with a sore back, Redmond said, adding that Morrison’s back apparently tightened up while he was taking early batting practice before the game.

Greg Dobbs started in Morrison’s spot.

“[Friday] was the first I had heard of it,” Redmond said. “He tried to take a few swings and it was tight ... I have no idea how those things work. It’s up to him. Back things usually take more than a day. Hopefully not.’’

Morrison missed all of spring training and the first two months of the season after knee surgery. After a rehab stint in the minors, Morrison made his 2013 debut last Sunday in New York. In three games, Morrison had four hits in nine at-bats.

• Pitcher Steve Cishek has a Bruins’ jersey hanging near his locker stall and said he got home in time to see a lot of Wednesday’s epic Stanley Cup Finals opener.

Cishek, from Falmouth, Mass., watched the end of the third and the three overtime periods to follow. Chicago won 4-3 in the third overtime.

“With our schedule, it’s kind of hard to watch all the games,” Cishek said. “But I watched a lot of hockey that night.”

• New Dolphins wide receiver Mike Wallace threw out the first pitch.

Coming up

•  Saturday: Marlins RHP Tom Koehler (0-4, 3.91 ERA) vs. St. Louis Cardinals RHP Lance Lynn (8-1, 3.00), 4:10 p.m., Marlins Park.

•  Sunday: Marlins RHP Ricky Nolasco (3-7, 3.80) v. St. Louis Cardinals LHP Tyler Lyons (2-2, 3.51), 1:10 p.m., Marlins Park.

•  Scouting report: Since joining the rotation in May, Koehler is 0-4 with 21 strikeouts and eight walks. Koehler has never faced the Cardinals. Lynn, who faced the Marlins twice out of the bullpen in 2011, makes his first start against Miami.

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