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Fish Bites: Miami Marlins' Henderson Alvarez listed as day to day

Miami Marlins starter Henderson Alvarez is listed as day by day after being struck by a line drive on Saturday night. Plus links on Brad Hand, Jordany Valdespin, and Brad Penny.

Marc Serota

-Have the Marlins Found Their New Second Baseman? - Marlin Maniac - A Miami Marlins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

And in one fell swoop a collective "huh?" went up from Marlins fans everywhere. Jordany Valdespin??

-Henderson Alvarez Leaves Game With Injury - Marlin Maniac - A Miami Marlins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

t has been a tough season for Marlins pitchers as yet again, Henderson Alvarez was forced from the game earlier than he wanted due to an injury.

-Miami Marlins place pitcher Kevin Gregg on 15-day disabled list - Miami Marlins -

Outside of Casey McGehee, it hasn’t been a good year for the Marlins in terms of their reclamation projects, with Rafael Furcal and Randy Wolf serving as two prime examples of once-solid players who haven’t panned out.

-Valdespin Promoted; Penny Sharp; Draftees Signed | Fish Bytes

Hoping to add a spark to the lineup and find reliability at second base, the Marlins called up 26-year-old Jordany Valdespin and had him hit second in the lineup Saturday against the Giants. "Our offense has been slow and sluggish so we are looking for a guy that can hit at the top of the order…and get us going a little bit," manager Mike Redmond said before Saturday’s game.

-DeSclafani Called Up; Valdespin Starts Again; Turner Discusses Rotation Return | Fish Bytes

President of baseball operations Mike Hill had previously said the organization preferred to let DeSclafani get "more seasoning" in the minors should he need it. But with Brad Hand on the mound Sunday and Jacob Turner slated to start Tuesday, Redmond said he wanted a pitcher capable of logging a long relief outing in case one or both of those starters cannot go deep. He added that Sam Dyson would likely not be available for a couple games after throwing 70 pitches in Saturday’s 5-3 loss.

-Miami Marlins: Special assistant Jeff Conine climbs Kilimanjaro - Sun Sentinel

Marlins’ special assistant Jeff Conine has run marathons, completed an Ironman triathlon and on Saturday added another impressive athletic feat to the ever-growing list. Conine reached the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.

-Miami Marlins promote Jordany Valdespin to be everyday second baseman - Sun Sentinel

The Marlins have a new second baseman, and his name is not Dan Uggla. While many fans have wondered aloud on Twitter whether ex-Marlin Uggla, who the Braves released Friday, would be a fit in South Florida, the team instead promoted Jordany Valdespin.

-Marlins in wait-and-see mode with Alvarez | News

Henderson Alvarez appears to have avoided a potentially serious injury. Now, the Marlins are waiting to see if the right-hander will be able to make his next scheduled start, which is lined up for Thursday at Atlanta. Alvarez was struck on the left shin by a comeback grounder in the third inning of Miami's 5-3 loss to the Giants on Saturday night.

-Stanton credits Derby with restoring homer stroke | News

Giancarlo Stanton may not have won the Home Run Derby, but the event helped the Marlins slugger regain his power form. Stanton had been in a home run slump before the All-Star break. The 24-year-old snapped a drought of 75 plate appearances without a blast Friday night in Miami's 9-1 loss to the Giants at Marlins Park.

-San Francisco Giants at Miami Marlins - July 20, 2014 | MIA Recap

Brad Hand allowed two runs in seven innings, and Casey McGehee belted a two-run homer as Miami edged the Giants, 3-2, at Marlins Park. Hand, now 2-12 in his career as a starter, won for the first time as a starter since July 7, 2011, against the Astros.

Around The League

-Kyle is the first All-Star among the Seager brothers. | : John Perrotto Article

Mariners' third baseman Kyle Seager, selected to the All-Star Game after a first half in which he hit over .300 with 15 homers, was joined in Minneapolis by his younger brother Corey, playing in the Futures Game -- a mini reunion for the talented family.

-Jocketty targeting a bat as Trade Deadline nears | News

The Reds' lineup is missing two of its best hitters, with Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips on the disabled list, and Jay Bruce has been enduring a subpar season at the plate. Therefore, as the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline quickly approaches, Walt Jocketty is looking to add offense.

-Anthopoulos may look to add bat via trade | News

Back in May, it would've seemed highly unlikely that the Blue Jays' priority at the non-waiver Trade Deadline would be to acquire more offense. The team pounded the ball through that month, leading the Major Leagues in runs (165), homers (48) and OPS (.829).

-Heads-up Braun takes cue from 'Major League' | News

Bob Uecker could have consulted his dog-eared script from 1989's Major League when the Brewers lifted the film's final scene to score their first run against the Washington Nationals on Sunday.

At Fish Stripes

-2014 MLB Trade Deadline: Ben Zobrist, Marlins trade target - Fish Stripes

The Miami Marlins could be buyers trying to fill out their roster heading into the trade deadline, and one target that would be interesting is Ben Zobrist of the Tampa Bay Rays.

-Miami Marlins' television viewership up 38 percent - Fish Stripes

In a press release on Thursday evening, Fox Sports Florida revealed the Miami Marlins' television broadcasts have experienced a 38 percent increase in 2014. The Marlins headed into the All-Star break six games below five hundred at 44-50.

-Miami Marlins prospects: Top pitchers review - Fish Stripes

A look at who the most outstanding pitcher has been for their respective Marlins affiliate at the All-Star break.

-Giancarlo Stanton, the Miami Marlins, and organizational class - Fish Stripes

The Miami Marlins face a tough decision with Giancarlo Stanton. In order to maximize their chances, they should take a cue from their neighbors, the Miami Heat.

-Miami Marlins select contract of Jordany Valdespin - Fish Stripes

The Miami Marlins selected infielder Jordany Valdespin from Triple-A New Orleans before Saturday night's contest against the San Francisco Giants. Valdespin will receive an opportunity to start at second base for the Marlins.