Alvarez makes impact with arm, bat

Henderson Alvarez pretty much did it all in his rehab assignment start for Double-A Jacksonville on Sunday.

The right-hander threw 6 2/3 scoreless innings in the Suns’ 11-2 victory over Huntsville.

Along with a making an impact with his arm, Alvarez also did damage with his bat. At the plate, he went 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBIs.

Alvarez is close to being reinstated from the 60-day disabled list. The right-hander, who is battling back from shoulder inflammation, is could be less than two weeks away from joining the Marlins.

He may make one more rehab start.

The Marlins have yet to see Alvarez in a big league game. Acquired from the Blue Jays last November, the Venezuelan native opened the season on the disabled list.

Previously playing in the American League, Alvarez didn’t get many chances to hit. Now in the National League, that will be part of his game.

Along with his big day at the plate, Alvarez struck out six and allowed three hits and no walks.

— Joe Frisaro

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