The Marlins reinstated Alcantara (personal) from the bereavement list ahead of Sunday's game against the Padres, Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald reports. According to McPherson, Alcantara was seen throwing a side session Sunday, so the Marlins presumably won't look to him to eat innings in the series finale, which Miami is treating as a bullpen game. Instead, Alcantara will likely slot back into Miami's rotation for Tuesday's series opener in Baltimore for what would mark his second start since the All-Star break.
Alcantara was placed on the bereavement list Tuesday, Christina De Nicola of MLB.com reports. Alcantara had been scheduled to start Wednesday in Washington. The Marlins have yet to announce who will start in his place. Players may spend between three and seven days on the bereavement list, so it's possible Alcantara's next start is delayed by only two days, though he could also wind up missing a turn or two in the rotation.
Alcantara (5-9) gave up five runs (three earned) on four hits and three walks while striking out three over three innings in the first game of Friday's doubleheader against the Phillies. He took the loss. All three earned runs came in the first inning. Bryce Harper doubled with two outs, the next two batters walked and Travis Jankowski hit a broken-bat, bases-clearing double just inside the first-base bag. Alcantara needed 80 pitches to get through the three frames. This was his second-shortest start of the year, and it only raised his ERA to 3.23. Alcantara tentatively lines up to start Wednesday in Washington.
Alcantara (5-8) allowed five runs (three earned) on seven hits and one walk while striking out five across four innings to take the loss Thursday against the Dodgers. Alcantara held the Dodgers in check through three innings, allowing only one walk and one single. He surrendered an unearned run in the fourth inning but came undone in the fifth frame by surrendering four consecutive singles before being pulled. While it was far from Alcantara's best outing, he kept the ball in the yard and issued only one free pass. It was also the third straight start he was charged an unearned run. Even with the poor outing, he has a 3.09 ERA with 102 strikeouts across 116.2 innings for the season.
Alcantara (5-7) picked up the win Saturday, allowing one unearned run on five hits and four walks over six innings in a 3-2 victory over Atlanta. He struck out four. The right-hander battled his control and threw 62 of 99 pitches for strikes, but Alcantara compensated by giving up little hard contact as all five Atlanta hits were singles. The quality start was his 13th in 18 trips to the mound, and he'll take a 2.96 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 97:33 K:BB through 112.2 innings into his next outing.
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