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Marlins righty feels better

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.

.Fast facts

Tanaka sat here

The Cubs are selling a chair sat on by Masahiro Tanaka, the Yankees' pitching sensation from Japan. To be exact, it's a "Game-Used Locker Room Chair — Derek Jeter's Last Regular Season Series at Wrigley Field." The Cubs do not say when Tanaka sat on the chair, only he did so during New York's visit May 20-21. Bidding ends at 9 p.m. Sunday. As of 9 p.m. Friday, the highest bid stood at $310. To bid, go to auctions.mlb.com.

Marlins righty feels better 05/30/14 [Last modified: Friday, May 30, 2014 10:34pm]

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