Alvarez dealing with right leg infection

JUPITER, Fla. — Marlins right-hander Henderson Alvarez will be out for several days to rest a right shin infection.

The infection had been bothering Alvarez for a couple of days, and when it wasn’t getting better, he went to the hospital to get it drained.

“He’s obviously down for a few days,” manager Mike Redmond said. “He had to have it cleaned out. We’re expecting him to be fine in a couple of days. He’s probably out at least for three or four days.”

Alvarez pitched live batting practice last Saturday. On Sunday, he wasn’t in camp because he was feeling under the weather. He wasn’t feeling well due to the infection.

Projected as the Marlins third starter, Alvarez was scheduled to pitch on Sunday against the Nationals in Viera. Lefty Brad Hand will now make that start.

Alvarez entered Spring Training having already thrown Winter Ball in Venezuela.

With the infection being treated so early in camp, the Marlins are confident Alvarez will have plenty of time to get ready for the season.

“It shouldn’t affect him,” Redmond said. “He obviously won’t make that start on Sunday. But he’s pitched quite a bit. It shouldn’t affect him as far as how much time it will take him to bounce back. He will get his pitches in and get him ramped up for Opening Day.”

Joe Frisaro

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