WASHINGTON — Top pitching prospect Jose Fernandez, an Alonso High graduate, was among seven players added to the Marlins' roster ahead of today's opener at Washington and is scheduled to make his debut April 7 against the Mets in New York.
The unexpected addition of Fernandez was made Sunday after injuries to right-handers Nathan Eovaldi and Henderson Alvarez. The pair, who had been in Miami's projected rotation, went on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder inflammation, Eovaldi retroactive to March 24 and Alvarez to March 27.
Seminole's Casey Kotchman, a former first baseman with the Rays, was also added to the 40-man roster along with another former Ray, reliever Chad Qualls. The others were right-handers John Maine and Kevin Slowey, outfielder Austin Kearns and infielder Chris Valaika. Alex Sanabia was recalled from the minors to join the rotation with Slowey.
Ricky Nolasco will start the Marlins' opener, Slowey will start the second game of the series against the Nationals and lefty Wade LeBlanc will start the finale.
Eovaldi and Alvarez are expected to miss about a month.
Fernandez, 20, was selected with the 14th overall pick in the 2011 amateur draft and hasn't pitched above Class A. He was originally assigned to Double-A Jacksonville.
A 6-foot-4, 220-pounder, Fernandez came to the United States by boat as a Cuban refugee in 2008. He was 14-1 with a 1.75 ERA in 25 games in the minor leagues last year. His The $2 million signing bonus was a record for a prospect out of a Hillsborough County high school.
He was named Florida's Mr. Baseball and a Baseball America All-American in his senior year of high school, 2011, and was named the Times' All-Suncoast player of the year.