Revised rotation without Alvarez
MIAMI — The good news is Henderson Alvarez is expected to start again this season. The uncertainty is exactly when.
Alvarez, dealing with a left oblique strain, played catch on Friday and the team is hopeful the right-hander will throw off the mound in the next few days. What is certain is the All-Star will not start on Sunday in the series finale against the Braves at Marlins Park. Instead, lefty Brad Hand will get the start.
The revised rotation has Hand on Sunday, and Brad Penny will start on Monday at Milwaukee. Initially, Tom Koehler was lined up to face the Brewers in the first of four at Miller Park. But now, Koehler will start on Tuesday.
Manager Mike Redmond said he is optimistic Alvarez will filter back into the rotation sometime before the season ends.
* Garrett Jones, who has been struggling, was given a day off on Friday night in the series opener against the Atlanta.
Justin Bour, who batted .306 with 18 homers and 72 RBIs at Triple-A New Orleans, made the start at first base.
“At this point we’re looking for a spark,” Redmond said.
* Outfielder Carlos Lopez of Class A Greensboro and right-hander Jacob Esch of Advanced Class A Jupiter have been named the Marlins’ Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Month for August.
* The Marlins announced they’ve extended their Player Development contract with the Greensboro Grasshoppers through the end of the 2018 season. Greensboro is in the semifinals of the South Atlantic League playoffs.
— Joe Frisaro