Tight back may hinder Eovaldi’s start
MIAMI — Suddenly, there are some questions regarding the Marlins rotation.
Nathan Eovaldi, scheduled to start in Thursday’s series finale, is dealing with a tight back. If he isn’t good to go in the series finale against the Braves, set for 12:40 p.m. ET on Thursday, then lefty Brian Flynn will get the nod.
Flynn is currently scheduled to start on Friday in the series opener against the Mets at Citi Field. But if he goes on Thursday, which may be likely, then Brad Hand could get the nod on Friday in New York.
Hand has been slotted to pitch the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader at Citi Field.
The hope is Eovaldi will be fine, and still take the ball on Thursday. If not, he may need a few more days.
Sam Dyson is an alternative to start wherever he is needed.
After Wednesday, Jose Fernandez will be shut down, so he will no longer be part of the rotation. The Marlins have no intention of giving Fernandez more starts should Eovaldi be out an extended period.
— Joe Frisaro