Sandy Alcantara made his first start of the spring on Wednesday, during a 8-4 loss to the New York Mets.
Alcantara went two shutout innings, in what was his first appearance since being named the National League Cy Young Winner for 2022. The right-hander allowed no runs on a pair of hits, while walking none and also striking out none. Alcantara figures to increase his workload to three innings his next time out. Miami’s ace will be headed to the World Baseball Classic later this month as well.
Chi Chi Gonzalez‘s time with Miami could be short-lived as he struggled for a second time and now has a 15.00 E.R.A. Gonzalez was a long shot to make Miami’s roster as it is, but he could end up released instead of assigned to the minor league system. Miami has a wealth of options to choose from, when assembling the bullpen and pitching depth in AAA.
Jon Berti went 2-2 with a run batted in, to improve his average to .333 in the spring. Berti is ticketed for a utility role in 2023, but could see plenty of playing time. Berti will be able to help manager Skip Schumaker in the lineup and as a pinch-runner this year.
Miami’s offense compiled eight hits in the loss, in what was one of the more productive games thus far. The Marlins had some trouble cashing in runs though, as they went 2-7 with runners in scoring position.
Edward Cabrera will start for the Marlins on Thursday, when they visit the Washington Nationals at 1:05 P.M.