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MLB Team Report - Miami Marlins - INSIDE PITCH
The Marlins' rotation could undergo a few changes soon.
Ricky Nolasco continues to be the subject of trade rumors and Henderson Alvarez is close to coming off the disabled list.
Alvarez, out since late March with right shoulder inflammation, tossed 6 2/3 scoreless innings Sunday for Double-A Jacksonville. He will make another rehab start Friday, and after that he could be activated.
"He has been good," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. "They'll figure out what to do with him after that."
Nolasco, in the last year of a three-year contract, could be traded before the July 31 trading deadline. If he not traded by the time Alvarez returns, the Marlins, 5-3 winners over Minnesota on Wednesday, will have to move someone out of the rotation, which right now also includes Jose Fernandez, Nathan Eovladi, Jacob Turner and Tom Koehler.
Koehler seems to be the likeliest candidate.
"He's had one or two shaky starts, but all in all I thought he's done some good things, given us a chance," Redmond said.
"All in all, I'm very happy with the way he's pitched. We're going to have some tough decisions to make. But at the same time, too, those are tough decisions but will benefit you in the long run."
MLB Team Report - Miami Marlins - NOTES, QUOTES
STREAK: Won three
PAST 10 GAMES: 7-3
NEXT: Friday -- Padres (Edinson Volquez, 5-6, 5.67) at Marlins (Ricky Nolasco, 4-7, 3.68)
--RHP Ricky Nolasco, who will start Friday against the Padres, is in a good groove. In his past seven starts, he is 2-2 with a 2.87 ERA and a 38-12 strikeout-to-walk ratio. His career numbers against the Padres are not nearly as good -- 4-4 with a 4.69 ERA in 10 appearances. But he pitched well (seven innings, one run) at San Diego earlier this season in a 1-0 loss May 8. Adding intrigue to Friday's start is the rumor -- as reported by FOX Sports -- that the Padres are among the teams trying to trade for Nolasco before the July 31 deadline. The Giants, Dodgers, Rockies and Orioles are also interested.
--RHP Tom Koehler, who started Wednesday's game against the Twins, lasted just four innings, allowing four hits, four walks and three runs. Koehler (4.78 ERA) is in jeopardy of losing his rotation spot to Henderson Alvarez, who is set to come off the disabled list next week. The other members of the Marlins' rotation are more solid in their status -- Jose Fernandez, Jacob Turner, Nathan Eovaldi and Ricky Nolasco.
--1B Logan Morrison has five multi-hit games in his first 11 outings since coming off the disabled list. He fell just short of that Wednesday, going 1-for-4, leaving his average for the season at .302.
--LF Justin Ruggiano, who slugged two homers Sunday and missed Tuesday's start due to a sore shoulder, was back in the starting lineup Wednesday. He went 1-for-4.
--CF Marcell Ozuna entered Wednesday with a team-leading 21 hits with runners in scoring position and a .438 batting average in those spots. In his first at-bat Wednesday, Ozuna -- with Giancarlo Stanton on first base -- doubled on the line in deep left field. But with two runners in scoring position in the fifth, Ozuna struck out on a 3-2 pitch low and out of the zone. He finished the game 1-for-4.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "He's one of the most professional hitters you'll see. We've faced him in a lot of different years with a lot of different teams, and he's always been a good contact guy. And, as you saw, he can drive the ball, too." -- Twins manager Ron Gardenhire on 3B Placido Polanco, who hit a go-ahead homer in a 5-3 Marlins win Wednesday.
MLB Team Report - Miami Marlins - ROSTER REPORT
--CF Justin Ruggiano (sore left shoulder) did not play June 25 after hurting the shoulder while diving for a ball June 23. He returned to the lineup June 26.
--RHP Henderson Alvarez (right shoulder inflammation) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 27, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on May 7. He made rehab starts for Class A Jupiter on June 13 and June 18, then started for Double-A Jacksonville on June 22. He is set for another Double-A start June 28.
--1B Casey Kotchman (left oblique strain) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 9.
--CF Chris Coghlan (lower back strain) went on the 15-day disabled list June 9. He won't need surgery, but there is no timetable for his return.
--RHP Alex Sanabia (aggravated right groin muscle) went on the 15-day disabled list May 27.
--LF Matt Diaz (left knee bone contusion) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 19.
--INF Chris Valaika (broken left wrist) went on the 15-day disabled list May 8. He had two pins surgically inserted into his wrist May 10.
--RHP Jose Ceda (Tommy John surgery in April 2012) went on the 60-day disabled list March 31 after suffering a setback in spring training.
--OF Alfredo Silverio (Tommy John surgery in May 2012) went on the 60-day disabled list March 31.
RHP Ricky Nolasco
RHP Jose Fernandez
RHP Tom Koehler
RHP Jacob Turner
RHP Nate Eovaldi
RHP Steve Cishek (closer)
RHP Ryan Webb
LHP Mike Dunn
RHP A.J. Ramos
RHP Chad Qualls
LHP Dan Jennings
RHP Kevin Slowey
1B Logan Morrison
2B Derek Dietrich
SS Adeiny Hechavarria
3B Placido Polanco
INF Ed Lucas
INF Greg Dobbs
INF Jordan Brown
LF Juan Pierre
CF Marcell Ozuna
RF Giancarlo Stanton
OF Justin Ruggiano