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Marlins shelve All-Star starter Alvarez with shoulder inflammation

MIAMI -- When the Marlins acquired starter Jarred Cosart before Thursday's non-waiver trade deadline, they weren't figuring he would replace Henderson Alvarez in the rotation.

Just before batting practice wrapped up Friday, the Marlins announced Alvarez was headed to the 15-day disabled list with shoulder inflammation. Scheduled to pitch Sunday, Alvarez arrived at the ballpark Friday complaining of shoulder soreness.

The Marlins immediately shelved him and recalled left-hander Dan Jennings, who they optioned to Triple-A New Orleans after Thursday's game.

"We're going to get him checked out and shut him down," said manager Mike Redmond, who's watched Alvarez already throw 35 more innings than he did a year ago. "He played catch 1/8Thursday3/8 or the day before and I guess it just tightened up on him 1/8Thursday3/8 night while he was sleeping. ... Hopefully we caught it early enough where it's not a huge deal."

Shoulder inflammation cost Alvarez the first three months of the 2013 season. Alvarez did not make the first of his 17 starts until July 4 and finished with 102 2/3 innings. In 2012, he totaled 187 1/3 in 31 starts for the Blue Jays. He was on pace for a career-best 202 2/3 innings.

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