BOSTON -- Henderson Alvarez is expected to make his next start despite leaving Monday night's game against Boston with soreness in his right elbow.
Alvarez flew to Florida on Tuesday morning to visit Dr. Steve Mirabello. The right-hander underwent an MRI and was diagnosed with mild inflammation in the elbow.
The club announced that shouldn't prohibit Alvarez from pitching on Saturday afternoon against the Angels. The second-year right-hander became the fourth Blue Jays starting pitcher to leave with an injury during the past two weeks.
"There's really not a whole lot we can do about it," Blue Jays manager John Farrell said. "As we said before in that four-day stretch when we lost three guys in the rotation, this is another challenge that we'll face. It will bring out opportunity for others."
Alvarez's diagnosis comes as welcome news for a Blue Jays pitching staff that could ill afford another serious injury. Right-handers Brandon Morrow, Kyle Drabek and Drew Hutchison are currently on the 15-day disabled list and the club is quickly running out of options for replacements at the big league level.
The frequency with which the injuries are currently taking place has caused some to question the Blue Jays' developmental system. Farrell said the organization is always looking for ways to improve its ability to maintain the health of its players, but in these particular cases, there wasn't much that could have been done differently.
"I think we always need to self-examine," Farrell said. "I think that's the prudent thing to do to continue to improve in any area. But when you look at the events that took place, two of the incidents were on the ninth pitch of the game, without any previous indicators.
"And in Kyle's situation, it was in the fourth inning or in the fifth inning when the injury took place, so we feel confident there's a sound process in place. That doesn't mean we wouldn't look to re-examine in any area."