The Miami Marlins are holding their breath about Henderson Alvarez.
Alvarez left Wednesday’s game against the Washington Nationals with right elbow stiffness. In five innings, he held the Nationals to five hits, and didn’t allow a single run to cross the plate. The move was originally made as a precautionary measure, but with the way season-ending injuries have been prevalent this season, Miami has to be careful.
If the worst is discovered in Alvarez and he has to miss anywhere from a month to the season regarding the injury, the Marlins may need to look at a trade for a pitcher to remain in the race for the NL East division. Rushing Andrew Heaney, who has only made two starts at Triple-A, is something you do not want to do right away just in case he gets shellacked in his first outings. Having someone else come up when they are not ready is also not something Miami should look to do.
The Marlins need to be smart with how it handles the Alvarez situation. They are not the same lowly team this season that they were last year. A trade for a pitcher would be good considering the team is still in contention at this point.
However, this should only happen if the elbow turns out to be another doomsday situation. The team is doing well where it is and could continue making an improbable run without shaking it up at all.