ARLINGTON, Texas -- Henderson Alvarez said his hip feels fine and if all goes well in his next bullpen session, manager Mike Redmond said, the Marlins’ best starting pitcher will make his scheduled start Sunday at home against the Pirates.
Last Sunday against the Cubs, Alvarez landed awkwardly and left the game in the sixth inning after leaping high in the air to take a flip toss from first baseman Garrett Jones while covering the bag. The bullpen ended up yielding two inherited runs and they were credited to Alvarez, ending his string of 26 consecutive scoreless innings, third-longest in Marlins history.
Alvarez said Tuesday he was pretty disappointed his scoreless-innings streak came to an end, and that he could have kept on pitching had the Marlins and Redmond not decided to take precautionary measures.
“It bothered me they took me out of the game, especially a game I was pitching so well in,” Alvarez said. “But those are things that happen in baseball. I’ve got to let it go. It’s over now. I have to keep looking forward.”
Although the Marlins entertained the idea of starting Nathan Eovaldi against the Rangers to wrap up the quick two-game set with the Rangers (his wife is expecting with their first child on Sunday), the rotation will stay in order, Redmond said. Right-hander Jacob Turner will start opposite Rangers ace Yu Darvish on Wednesday. Eovaldi will pitch Friday at home against the Pirates.
Redmond stopped short of saying who would start for the Marlins on Saturday — a possible landing spot for top prospect Andrew Heaney. If Heaney isn’t called up to start then, left-hander Randy Wolf will stay in his scheduled spot.
• Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, on the disabled list with concussion-like symptoms since June 1, began participating in baseball activities on Tuesday in Jupiter. Redmond said he took 25 swings from both the left and right side, played catch and rode bike.
The Marlins don’t have a time frame as to when they expect Saltalamacchia to return from the disabled list, Redmond said.
• It might not be long before the Marlins finally get to see veteran second baseman Rafael Furcal, who on Monday had his most productive rehab game yet for Double A Jacksonville.
Furcal, 36, went 3 for 5, scored two runs and stole a base. He’s now 6 for 20 (.300) with four runs scored and four stolen bases since his latest return to action on June 5. Redmond said Furcal will play the next couple days in Single A Jupiter for logistical reasons.
• Outfielder Jake Marisnick (.347, three homers, 13 RBI for Triple A New Orleans) and left-hander Heaney (3-1, 1.96 ERA in six starts between Jacksonville and New Orleans) were named the minor-league player and pitcher of the month for the Marlins on Tuesday.
• Wednesday: Marlins RHP Jacob Turner (2-3, 5.93 ERA) vs. Texas Rangers RHP Yu Darvish (6-2, 2.36), 8:05 p.m., Globe Life Park.
• Thursday: Off day.