May 2013

Alvarez shut down after experiencing discomfort

PHILADELPHIA — Henderson Alvarez’s road to recovery has stalled.

The right-hander, who had been facing hitters recently, has been shut down due to discomfort in his right shoulder. Alvarez opened the season on the disabled list with right shouler inflammation.

The Marlins were initially hopeful that Alvarez was close to pitching in rehab assignment games. Now, he is on no-throw status for a few days before he will be re-evaluated.

News of Alvarez’s injury comes on the day shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria was reinstated from the disabled list.

In other injury-related news, catcher Jeff Mathis, who broke his right collarbone early in Spring Training, is beginning rehab assignment games with Class A Juptier.

Joe Frisaro

Hechavarria reinstated, Diaz selected

PHILADELPHIA — The Marlins on Thursday reinstated shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria from the 15-day disabled list, and selected the contract of Matt Diaz.

Hechavarria returns to the lineup after being out with a bruised right elbow. Diaz was at Triple-A New Orleans, and the veteran will provided a right-handed bat off the bench.

To make roster room, infielder Nick Green was designated for assignment, and lefty Brad Hand was optioned to New Orleans.

Hechavarria returned to lineup on the first day he was eligible to come off the DL.

Diaz, a career outfielder, has been learning first base. He is an option to start at first base against left-handed pitching.

Joe Frisaro

Hechavarria could be ready for Thursday

MIAMI — Marlins shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria is eligible to come off the disabled list on Thursday, and chances are he will be reinstated.

The 24-year-old went on the DL on April 18 with a right elbow contusion. What the team is waiting for is to see how he performs on Wednesday night in a rehab assignment game for Class A Jupiter.

Barring a setback, he will be brought to Philadelphia, and the Marlins will designate Nick Green for assignment.

“It’s disappointing,” Green said. “Everybody wants to be in the big leagues and you got to try to do the best you can when you get a chance. That’s all I could do.”

Green has been playing well for the Marlins. In Monday’s 4-3 win over the Mets in 15 innings, he delivered the game-tying sacrifice fly in the ninth inning, and the walk-off sacrifice fly in the 15th inning.

In Wednesday’s 7-6 loss to the Mets, Green added two doubles.

The Marlins also are expected to option left-hander Brad Hand to Triple-A New Orleans.

A candidate to have his contract selected is Matt Diaz, who is playing first base at New Orleans. If Diaz gets the nod, he offers a right-handed hitting first base alternative. He can also play left field.

Also on Wednesday, catcher Rob Brantly sustained a cut on his right index finger, which is why he didn’t start. Brantly should be ready in a day or two.

Joe Frisaro

Pierre on brink of 600 stolen bases

MIAMI — One more stolen base and Juan Pierre will join some elite company.

The 35-year-old is on the verge of becoming just the 14th player in MLB history to steal at least 600 bases.

Pierre has a chance to reach the milestone on Wednesday afternoon when the Marlins face the Mets at Marlins Park.

“I can’t believe it,” Pierre said of No. 600. “If you said I was to steal one base in the big leagues, I would have said, ‘You’re crazy.’ I never take it for granted. I’m grateful for every one of them.”

Pierre entered Wednesday with eight steals this season, which tops the National League. The speedster also is tied for the second most in Majors, trailing only Boston’s Jacoby Ellsbury, who has 11.

When Pierre swiped No. 500, he was awarded the base. He is hopeful to get the bag for 600.

MLB All-Time stolen base leaders

1) Rickey Henderson 1,406
2) Lou Brock 938
3) Ty Cobb 892
4) Tim Raines 808
5) Vince Coleman 752
6) Eddie Collins 744
7) Max Carey 738
8) Joe Morgan 689
9) Willie Wilson 668
10) Bert Campaneris 649
11) Honus Wagner 639
12) Kenny Lofton 622
13) Otis Nixon 620
14) Juan Pierre 599

Joe Frisaro