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Henderson Alvarez start cut short by bruised shin

Miami Marlins' Henderson Alvarez delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants on Saturday, July 19, 2014 in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) Photo: Wilfredo Lee

Miami Marlins' Henderson Alvarez delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants on Saturday, July 19, 2014 in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

MIAMI (AP) Marlins All-Star pitcher Henderson Alvarez left Saturday's game against San Francisco in the third inning after being struck on the left leg by a grounder off the bat of Joe Panik.

Alvarez threw to first for the out, then limped off the field with the help of catcher Jarrod Saltamacchia and a trainer.

Miami said Alvarez sustained a bruised shin and is day to day. With the Marlins trailing 2-1, he was replaced by Sam Dyson.

Alvarez entered 6-4 with a 2.63 ERA with a major league-high three shutouts.

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