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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Pirates Injury Update: Pedro Alvarez suffers setback


By on 9/09/2014 07:00:00 AM

Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez, who has been dealing with a sprained left foot since diving for a ball on August 26, is not progressing as hoped, and, in fact, is feeling more pain after a pinch hit at-bat on Friday, reports Rob Biertempfel of TribLive.com.

Manager Clint Hurdle described the injury as a sprain between two of Alvarez's toes. The Pirates are not sure what course of action to take with Alvarez, according to GM Neal Huntington, "we need to re-evaluate things and see where we go from there.” The Pirates started Brent Morel, who spent most of the season in the minors, at third base for the opener against the Phillies Monday night.

Alvarez, 27, an All-Star in 2013, is hitting .231/.312/.405 (OPS+ 101) with 18 homers and 56 RBI in 122 games. Alvarez has committed 25 errors at third base (mostly throwing), which has led the Pirates to consider trying him at first base.

Pedro Alvarez

Alvarez, with his league-leading 36 homers and 100 RBI, was a critical part of the Pirates' run to the postseason in 2013, and as a result, he won the Silver Slugger award. He also struck out 186 times.

The lefty-hitting slugger was the Pirates' first round pick (2nd overall) in the 2008 draft. After a lengthy contract dispute, he signed a major league contract on September 24 for 4 years and $6,355,000. He showed up the next spring out of shape, but cleaned up his act, displaying power and making errors in the minors until he made his major league debut June 16, 2010 and again displayed power and made errors. His sophomore year was marred by an injury (strained right quad) and poor performance, so he was demoted to Triple-A. Healthy in 2012 he again hit for (relatively) low average and great power—and made errors.

Alvarez is in his first arbitration year under a team option ($4.25 million) and under team control through 2016.

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