PHILADELPHIA — The Marlins’ mega-trade with Toronto is beginning to looked cursed — for both teams.
On the same day the Blue Jays placed pitcher Josh Johnson on the disabled list with arm problems, Marlins manager Mike Redmond said pitcher Henderson Alvarez sustained a “setback” in his recovery from right-shoulder inflammation and has stopped throwing.
“He was a little sore after his last outing and so they’re just going to shut him down, give him a couple of extra days’ break, and then start throwing again,” Redmond said.
Alvarez was pitching in simulated games.
Of the seven players the Marlins received in the Toronto trade, four — Alvarez, shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria, catcher Jeff Mathis and outfielder Jake Marisnick — have spent time on the disabled list. And Johnson joins shortstop Jose Reyes on the DL for Toronto.
Hechavarria came off the DL on Thursday and was back in the lineup for the Marlins as they opened a four-game series against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mathis, who sustained a broken collarbone early in spring training, was scheduled to play five innings in his first rehab game Thursday night with Single A Jupiter.
Marisnick played in his first game with Double A Jacksonville on Wednesday and went 0 for 4. In addition, pitcher Nathan Eovaldi (right-shoulder inflammation) is just starting to play catch and is “still a ways off,” Redmond said.
Diaz joins team
After punishing the Marlins for so long, Matt Diaz said it made sense to contact the club once he became a free agent. The Marlins selected Diaz on Thursday and added him to the roster.
“That was one of the first calls we made because you know they think you’re good because you have good numbers against them,” Diaz said.
The 35-year-old product of Florida State University has a career average of .360 against the Marlins while hitting about a fifth (10) of his 45 career home runs against them, most of them when he was with Atlanta. He’s also a much better hitter against left-handed pitching (.324 with 31 home runs against southpaws vs. .258 with 14 homers against right-handers).
“The Marlins early in my career had two lefties, Dontrelle [ Willis] and [ Scott] Olsen, so I got to play most of the time [when they were pitching],” Diaz said.
Diaz’s natural position is left field, but he played some first base recently while at Triple A New Orleans.
Redmond said he’ll use Diaz against left-handers primarily.
• The Marlins on Thursday optioned pitcher Brad Hand to New Orleans, as expected, and designated infielder Nick Green for assignment.
• Friday: Marlins RHP Ricky Nolasco (2-2, 3.82 ERA) at Philadelphia Phillies RHP Jonathan Pettibone (1-0, 4.35), 7:05 p.m., Citizens Bank Park.
• Saturday: Marlins RHP Jose Fernandez (0-2, 4.50) at Phillies LHP Cole Hamels (1-3, 4.75), 7:05 p.m., Citizens Bank Park.
• Scouting report: In general, pitchers don’t relish pitching at hitter-friendly Citizens Bank Park. But Nolasco has enjoyed success there. One reason: he has kept the ball in the park, giving up only five home runs in 48 innings at CBP. In his seven lifetime starts at the Phillies’ home park, Nolasco is 6-1 with a 2.98 ERA.