Right-handed pitcher Henderson Alvarez will join the Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League with the intention of showing teams he’s healthy, sources confirmed to FanRag Sports.
The 27-year-old hasn’t pitched in the majors since an abbreviated 2015 season. After making just four starts with the Miami Marlins that year, he was placed on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation, which later turned into season-ending surgery.
He signed with the Athletics in the offseason once the Marlins non-tendered the righty. Alvarez never made it to the big league club in 2016. Instead, he underwent yet another shoulder surgery in September following time in the minors. He opted for free agency following the 2016 season.
Alvarez was originally Toronto Blue Jays property, signing with the team as an international free agent in 2007. He got his call-up in 2011 and totaled 41 starts over his two seasons in Toronto.
Following the 2012 season, he was involved in a multi-player deal that sent him, Adeiny Hechavarria, Jeff Mathis, Jake Marisnick, Anthony DeSclafini, Yunel Escobar and Justin Nicolino to the Marlins for Jose Reyes, John Buck, Mark Buehrle, Josh Johnson and Emilio Bonifacio.
In 2014, Alvarez had his signature season. He won a team-high 12 games and posted a 2.65 ERA and 1.235 WHIP over 187.0 innings en route to his first and only All-Star bid. He was one out away from tying his career high in innings, which was set during the 2012 season while with the Blue Jays.
The Long Island Ducks have recently been home to players attempting to make a comeback, as former Dodgers closer Eric Gagne joined the team in May.