"He started his throwing program today," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. "It was the first day they allowed him to start throwing. So, this is the first day of his progression, and we'll get him moving toward getting back on the mound."
When Alcantara went on the DL, retroactive to July 1, right-hander Jose Urena was reinstated. Urena has been strong in his first two starts since his own DL stint from a right shoulder impingement, allowing just two runs in 10 2/3 innings.
It will be interesting to see where Alcantara fits back into the Marlins rotation upon his return. With Pablo Lopez, Dan Straily, Wei-Yin Chen and Trevor Richards all healthy, there's no reason to rush Alcantara back from his injury.
Worth noting • Lewis Brinson, another rookie currently on the DL, is still days away from resuming baseball activity.
"We're still no activity, just rehab," Mattingly said of his starting center fielder's status. "Basically, just rest and rehab right now. I don't know how long that's going to be, but I'm assuming if he's not feeling anything at all, we'll start some baseball stuff soon."
Brinson has been out of the lineup since the Marlins' 16-inning marathon on July 3 against Tampa Bay. The following morning, the 24-year-old was placed on the 10-day DL with right hip inflammation, an injury that had been nagging him for several days.
Expect both Brinson and Alcantara to make their return to the club after the impending All-Star break, taking full advantage of the extra four days off in their recuperation.
• J.T. Realmuto was placed on the paternity list on Monday, as his wife, Alexis, gave birth to their first child early Tuesday morning. Realmuto went on paternity leave just one day after being named an All-Star for the first time.
Realmuto is expected to rejoin the club on Friday for the Marlins' three-game set with the Phillies at Marlins Park.