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Heyman | Phillies to promote Henderson Alvarez

Jon Heyman



April 06, 2015 Miami Marlins starting pitcher Henderson Alvarez (37) in action during opening game at Marlins Park between the Miami Marlins and the Atlanta Braves
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The Philadelphia Phillies will be promoting right-handed pitcher Henderson Alvarez from Triple-A Lehigh Valley, a source has informed FanRag Sports. The 27-year-old right-hander has yet to make his Phillies debut while last pitching atop the highest level back in 2015 as a member of the Miami Marlins.

The National League East ball club originally signed Alvarez to a minor league deal back on August 22.

“Right-handed pitcher Henderson Alvarez and the Philadelphia Phillies have agreed to a minor league deal, sources have informed FanRag Sports,” read FanRag Sports’ original report of the signing. “Alvarez had recently signed with the Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League to show big league clubs that he was once again healthy.”

Alvarez initially broke into the big league level back in 2011 while north of the border as a member of the Toronto Blue Jays. Spending two seasons in Toronto, he then spent another three seasons with the aforementioned Marlins between 2013 and 2015. An All-Star in 2014, he went on to make 30 regular-season starts for the Marlins in what would become his best single-season effort as a major league hurler. Over the course of an 187 innings of work, Alvarez produced a 2.65 ERA in addition to a 12-7 record. He also managed to post 111 strikeouts against 33 walks in 2014.

For his major league career as a whole, he has appeared in 92 regular-season games, all of which have been starts. Over the course of his 563 innings pitched, Alvarez has tallied a 3.80 ERA to accompany his 27-34 record, 296 strikeouts and 129 walks.

Jon Heyman is an MLB Insider for FanRag Sports, featuring breaking news, information and his Inside Baseball column, which appears on FanRagSports.com every Thursday. Heyman also has been an insider at MLB Network since the channel launched in 2009 and is a regular contributor to WFAN in New York, where he appears weekly on the Joe and Evan Show and previously appeared on the Mike and the Mad Dog Show. He also appears on WSCR in Chicago, WBZ-FM in Boston and the Petros and Money Show on Fox in Los Angeles. Heyman comes to FanRag Sports from CBSSports.com, where he worked for five years and wrote the popular Inside Baseball notes column. Before going to CBS, Heyman worked for five years at Sports Illustrated and SI.com, where he was a senior writer and started an Inside Baseball Column. Heyman worked for 16 years at Newsday in New York, where he was the Yankees beat writer, a baseball columnist and finally a general sports columnist. Heyman started his career at the Moline (Ill.) Daily Dispatch, then moved to the Los Angeles Copley Newspapers (Torrance Daily Breeze and Santa Monica Outlook) before going to Newsday. Heyman at one time also served as a national baseball writer for The Sporting News. Heyman is a graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. The Santa Fe, N.M. native grew up in Cedarhurst, N.Y., on Long Island.