The team announced he was removed for precautionary reasons. Alvarez, who left with a 4-0 lead, hadn't allowed a run while giving up five hits and throwing 62 pitches.
CSNWashington.com’s Mark Zuckerman reports that Marlins right-hander Henderson Alvarez was removed from his start Wednesday night against the Nationals after experiencing stiffness in his pitching elbow. Alvarez had delivered five scoreless innings against the Nats, lowering his season ERA to 2.97. The talented 24-year-old is likely headed back to Miami to undergo an elbow exam, and we wouldn’t rule out the involvement of Dr. James Andrews.
On Wednesday night, Marlins right-hander Henderson Alvarez had his start against the Nationals (GameTracker) cut short because of elbow stiffness. He pitched five scoreless innings before being lifted. The Marlins are calling it a precautionary move, but obviously the situation bears monitoring.
Just the expression "elbow tightness" with Henderson Alvarez has us waiting for Will Carroll's @injuryexpert tweets— Peter Gammons (@pgammo) May 29, 2014
Right elbow stiffness for Henderson Alvarez. Marlins fans wince.— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) May 29, 2014
.@Marlins RHP Henderson Alvarez leaves game against Nationals after 5 scoreless innings due to right elbow stiffness.— MLB (@MLB) May 29, 2014
Henderson Alvarez said he felt tightness in his arm throughout the game. Isn't calling it an elbow injury. Says he's fine. #Marlins— Manny Navarro (@Manny_Navarro) May 29, 2014