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Henderson Alvarez expected to start Sunday for Phillies

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Henderson Alvarez is expected to start for the Phillies on Sunday against the Athletics. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

The Phillies signed right-handed pitcher Henderson Alvarez, a five-year major league veteran, to a minor-league contract back on August 11.

On Monday, as Jon Heyman of Fanrag Sports reported, he was called up by the Phillies from Lehigh Valley, and will start on Sunday against the A’s.

Alvarez, 27, was pitching for the independent Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League,when the Phillies signed him in August. He had a 3.09 ERA in 32 innings, making seven starts, going 2-1 with the Ducks.  He went 2-0 with a 2.84 ERA in 19 innings over three starts with Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Alvarez hasn’t pitched in the major leagues since May 2015, when he went 0-4 with a 6.45 ERA in four starts for the Miami Marlins. In 2014, he went 12-7 with a 2.65 ERA for the Marlins, making the National League All-Star team.

Alvarez has never been able to regain that All-Star form in large part because of injuries, missing most of two seasons with shoulder issues.

He had right shoulder surgery in July of 2015 and ultimately underwent a second shoulder surgery in September of 2016.

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