The Marlins are still not sure that their top backstop will be ready for the start of the season, but the general prognosis seems promising. Skipper Don Mattingly says that Jorge Alfaro has been cleared to engage in some baseball activities. as MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro was among those to cover on Twitter.
Alfaro has been laying low while dealing with a left oblique strain. While there’s still no indication that it’s a significant injury, it’s always prudent to exercise caution with this particular area of the body. Rather than pushing too hard and risking a more significant injury, the Fish will ease Alfaro back into action.
The Marlins would obviously prefer to have Alfaro behind the dish when the season gets underway. The 26-year-old is a key part of the team’s present and future hopes. After a solid but uneven showing last year, his first in Miami, he’ll be looking to make strides in 2020.
If Alaro is unable to prepare fully for the start of the upcoming campaign, there is a ready-made backup plan in the form of respected veteran Francisco Cervelli. Reserve duties could go to Chad Wallach, the only other backstop on the 40-man. Experienced big leaguer Ryan Lavarnway is also in camp as a non-roster invitee.