Returning Strong: Sandy Alcantara’s Journey to Recovery and Miami Marlins’ Playoff Push

2023-09-19 17:19:42

MIAMI — Injured Miami Marlins ace Sandy Alcantara feels confident he will return this season after throwing his second bullpen session on Monday.

The reigning National League Cy Young winner has been out since September 6 due to a tension in the flexor of the right forearm. Alcántara felt the pain while he pitched against Washington on September 3.

“Everything was fine,” Alcántara said of his session of about 20 pitches before the series against the New York Mets began. “I used all my pitches like in a game.”

Alcántara, 28, has been one of the most durable pitchers in the last four years with the Major Leagues. He led the majors in innings and complete games last season to become Miami’s first Cy Young winner.

Before going on the disabled list with the first arm problem of his career, Alcántara pitched 184 2/3 innings and three complete games, going 7-12, with a 4.14 ERA and 151 strikeouts.

“I have to trust the process,” said the Dominican pitcher. “I feel good. I hope I can pitch this year.”

Miami entered Monday tied for the last wild card in the National League.

“I think anything is possible,” said Miami manager Skip Schumaker about Alcántara’s return. “You can never doubt Sandy and where he is. He physically feels very good. “We take it day by day and don’t change course.”

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