Henderson Alvarez leaving start with elbow stiffness leads today's Marlins news

The past few weeks of Marlins news have been tough when it comes to elbow injuries, especially with the news that star pitcher Jose Fernandez will be out for the year after Tommy John surgery.

Now, per Yahoo! Sports' The Sports Xchange, "Miami Marlins right-hander Henderson Alvarez left Wednesday night's start against the Washington Nationals after pitching five scoreless innings because of elbow stiffness."

Alvarez dealt with elbow discomfort back in 2012, along with missing half of the 2013 season due to shoulder inflammation.

Wednesday was Alvarez's 11th start of the year. He currently has a 2-3 record with a 2.97 ERA, 16 walks, and 38 strikeouts in 66 2/3 innings.

Losing Alvarez would be a huge blow for a Miami Marlins team which has been surprising most folks during the first third of the 2014 MLB season. The Marlins currently sit just a half-game behind the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves.


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