MIAMI — Marlins RHP Henderson Alvarez has been cleared to pitch after complaining of a sore elbow in his most recent start. Barring a setback, he'll start Tuesday against the Rays with an extra day of rest.
Alvarez threw five innings Wednesday against the Nationals but left because of pain. He was examined by a doctor and played catch Friday. Today, he is scheduled to throw a bullpen session.
"I didn't feel anything bad," he said through an interpreter. "I'm fine."
Meanwhile, RH reliever Carter Capps will seek a second opinion on a sprained elbow that sent him to the DL last week. He already has been ruled out for at least a month.
Biting incident: Agent Scott Boras said Dodgers prospect Alex Guerrero is progressing after ear re-attachment surgery necessitated by the biting by Triple-A teammate Miguel Olivo. There is no timetable to begin workouts. "We're still not out of the woods," Boras said. "But we're optimistic."
Giants: RHP Matt Cain went on the DL with a strained right hamstring but is expected to return June 6.
Mariners: 2B Robinson Cano missed his second game due to hand contusion and is day to day. The team didn't say which hand.
Nationals: LHP Gio Gonzalez, out since May 18 with shoulder inflammation, hopes to pitch in a simulated game Sunday then start a minor-league rehab stint next week. The team hopes he can return in mid June.
Rangers: RHP Yu Darvish, scratched from Tuesday's start with neck discomfort, threw a side session and said he expects to make his scheduled start Sunday.
Red Sox: C/1B Ryan Lavarnway was diagnosed with a broken hamate bone in his left wrist and will miss 4-6 weeks. He was hurt fouling off a pitch Thursday.
Twins: RHP Mike Pelfrey, who has been out since April 23 with a strained groin, was shut down from a minor-league rehab stint because of nerve irritation in his elbow. There is no timetable for it to resume.
White Sox: Ace LHP Chris Sale will start Sunday instead of Monday, scuttling a matchup against Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw. Sale threw just 40 pitches before rain cut short his last start.
Yankees: 1B Mark Teixeira returned after missing three games with inflammation in his surgically repaired wrist. Also, RF Carlos Beltran, hoping to avoid surgery for a bone spur in his right elbow that would sideline him for 8-10 weeks, had a pain-free batting session. It came a day after Beltran, out since May 13, took 25 swings from each side of the plate in an indoor cage. The next step in his rehab has not been determined.