Henderson Alvarez’s next stop: the Marlins’ starting rotation. The question is who he will replace.
“He’s going to be on his way,” manager Mike Redmond said Saturday, one day after Alvarez completed his rehab assignment with Double A Jacksonville by throwing 7 2/3 scoreless innings. “He’ll throw a bullpen here [Sunday], and we’ll figure out what we’re going to do as far as where we’re going to fit him in.”
Alvarez is lined up to take Ricky Nolasco’s spot in the rotation and could be on the mound for the Marlins on Wednesday in Atlanta if Nolasco is traded before then.
The 23-year-old right-hander was impressive in his final rehab outing. Alvarez gave up only two hits, struck out six and didn’t walk any batters. All told, in his four rehab outings — two for Single A Jupiter and the others with Double A Jacksonville — Alvarez gave up three earned runs in 24 1/3 innings (1.11 ERA), struck out 15 and walked one.
Alvarez was a key piece in the blockbuster trade with Toronto in November but has yet to throw a pitch for the Marlins after spending the first half of the season on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation.
“Everything I’ve heard has been really positive — how he feels, his arm strength and the way he’s pitched,” Redmond said. “Each rehab start, he’s improved.”
Alvarez went 9-14 with a 4.85 ERA in 31 starts with Toronto last season.
• Giancarlo Stanton said he isn’t sure he’s ready to launch a modeling career. Not after posing “butt-naked” for eight hours for ESPN The Magazine’s “Body Issue,” which hits newsstands July 12.
“How do you make a living, being a guy, being naked all the time?” Stanton said.
Stanton said he wasn’t uncomfortable during the photo shoot even though he was surrounded by a production staff numbering 15 people.
“I figured if I was going to be uncomfortable, it was going to make it a thousand times worse, so might as well just say [what the heck], and it worked out a lot better that way,” he said.
Stanton is among 21 athletes who posed for the issue. The only other baseball player is Mets pitcher Matt Harvey.
• Outfielder Alfredo Silverio, the Marlins’ top Rule 5 draft pick in December, underwent ligament replacement surgery on his right elbow for the second time in 14 months on Wednesday, according to president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest.
The latest setback for Silverio places his future with the Marlins in doubt.
“I don’t know what we’re going to do,” Beinfest said.
Silverio, 26, was one of the top prospects in the Dodgers’ farm system before he sustained multiple injuries in a car accident that caused him to miss the entire 2012 season. He has spent the entire season for the Marlins on the 60-day disabled list.
• Sunday: Marlins RHP Nathan Eovaldi (1-0, 3.00 ERA) vs. San Diego Padres RHP Andrew Cashner (5-3, 3.34), 1:10 p.m., Marlins Park.
• Monday: Marlins RHP Jose Fernandez (4-4, 2.98) vs. Padres RHP Jason Marquis (9-3, 3.99), 7:10 p.m., Marlins Park.
• Scouting report: Cashner is 1-0 with a 2.73 ERA over his past four starts. Eovaldi is coming off his first victory of the season, allowing two runs over six innings in a Marlins win over the Giants in San Francisco.