6/19/2013 9:02 P.M. ET
Held out of starting lineup, Morrison strikes out in ninth
By Tyler Emerick / MLB.com
PHOENIX -- With the Marlins playing a day game Wednesday after a night game Tuesday, Logan Morrison was out of the lineup in his club's 3-1 loss to the D-backs.
The first baseman played the first two games of the series after missing the previous four contests with back tightness.
Trailing, 3-1, in the top of the ninth, Morrison pinch-hit with the tying run at first base, but he took a called strike three from closer Heath Bell to end the game.
Following offseason surgery on his right knee, Morrison made his season debut on June 9 and went 4-for-9 with six total bases in his first three games before tweaking his back on June 11 vs. the Brewers.
Morrison collected a pair of hits Tuesday night and is batting .353 in 17 at-bats.
Redmond impressed with Eovaldi's velocity
PHOENIX -- Manager Mike Redmond saw Nathan Eovaldi in Spring Training, so he knew the right-hander could light up the radar gun. But even with the prior familiarity, Redmond was still taken back by Eovaldi's sustained velocity Tuesday in his season debut vs. the D-backs, in which the 23-year-old touched 99 mph with several fastballs.
"I was pleasantly surprised," said Redmond, adding that the righty actually hit 100 mph in one of his Minor League rehab starts. "He was able to maintain his fastball over the course of his 84 pitches. He was really good."
Eovaldi, who missed the first two months of the season with a shoulder injury, said he reached triple digits a few times in 2011 when he was a reliever in the Dodgers' bullpen but never as a starter.
"I guess I'm just fresh," Eovaldi said. "I haven't been throwing all that much, just been rebuilding my shoulder. Maybe that's helped some."
Alvarez allows three runs in second rehab start
PHOENIX -- Making his second Minor League rehab start on Tuesday for Class A Advanced Jupiter, Marlins right-hander Henderson Alvarez tossed five innings against the Pirates' affiliate, allowing three runs on five hits.
In his first outing last week, the 23-year-old threw five shutout frames.
Acquired from the Blue Jays last November as part of the 12-player trade, Alvarez went on the 15-day disabled list the day before the season opened with right shoulder inflammation and was transferred to the 60-day DL in early May after suffering a setback. He was initially slated to be Miami's No. 4 starter.
"He was good, got his pitches in," manager Mike Redmond said. "He pitched really well. They got a couple runs off him in the first, but after that, he was fine."
Manager Mike Redmond said on Monday that Alvarez might only need one or two more rehab starts before making his season debut with Miami.
Tyler Emerick is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.