Henderson Alvarez was so mad that he was being taken out of Monday’s game that he slammed the ball in manager Mike Redmond’s hand before heading off to the dugout in a huff.
Afterward, Redmond joked about it.
“You kidding me? All the foul tips I’ve taken in my life, that was nothing,” said Redmond, a former catcher. “Felt like a feather.”
The Marlins defeated the New York Mets in an error-filled stinker, 9-6. But the win came at a price. Alvarez was diagnosed with a left oblique strain and is listed as day-to-day.
With only 26 games remaining, though, there’s a chance the All-Star right-hander might not get back on the mound again this season.
“I don’t know how to answer that question,” Alvarez replied when asked if he thought he would pitch again in 2014.
Redmond said Alvarez would not be allowed to pitch again this season if the team feels it could further jeopardize his health.
“Those obliques, they’re dicy for sure,” Redmond said. “As much as we need him to pitch, we’re not going to let him go out there and jeopardize himself.”
Alvarez apparently sustained the injury in his previous start in Los Angeles but wanted to try to pitch through it. It became apparent early that he wasn’t up to snuff. His fastball velocity was down and in the third inning he caved, giving up a home run to Dilson Herrera and a two-run single to David Wright, prompting his exit.
“We tried to give him a couple of innings to get going, and he just couldn’t get it going,” Redmond said.
Said Alvarez: “I just wanted to keep pitching through the pain. I came out to play [Monday]. I wasn’t 100 percent, but I wanted to pitch as well as I could.”
Monday’s affair was a baseball mess, especially on the Mets’ side.
The Mets were charged with six fielding errors, which equaled a Marlins record for an opponent.
“Well, it’s not a big-league baseball game,” Mets manager Terry Collins said.
The Marlins struck initially on Giancarlo Stanton’s 34th home run, a solo shot in the first, off Mets starter Zack Wheeler. Stanton later tagged two more long balls off Wheeler, but both were caught on the warning track.
Wheeler said only the huge dimensions at Marlins Park prevented that from happening.
“I’ve done pretty well against him so far,” Wheeler said. “But if we was at our place [Monday], he would have had three home runs against me.”
The game seesawed back and forth from that point, with the Mets taking a 4-2 lead in the third before giving up three runs in the fifth to fall behind again 5-4.
The Mets regained the lead in the sixth with two runs before the Marlins tied it in the bottom of the inning.
Not until the eighth did the Marlins put the game away, scoring three runs on only one hit — a leadoff double by Jarrod Saltalamacchia. A wild pitch, another fielding error by Mets reliever Jeurys Familia on a squeeze play and three walks — two of them intentional — led to the Mets’ unraveling for good.
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