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Pedro Alvarez | Third Baseman

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (27) / 2/6/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 235
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
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The Pirates plan to play Pedro Alvarez every day at first base next season rather than pair him with a right-handed hitting platoon partner.
"We're going to find out," manager Clint Hurdle said when asked if Alvarez will be able to hit left-handed pitching. "It's going to be Pedro's job to keep. Pedro knows what challenges he's got to meet. He loves his teammates, he wants to do well and perform well. He's taken on some necessary opportunities this winter to prepare and get ready." Alvarez has batted just .196/.267/.321 versus southpaws during his career, which includes a .175/.241/.263 line last season. It remains to be seen whether the Pirates will stick to their plan to play Alvarez every day if he continues to struggle against lefties. Dec 14 - 10:09 AM

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Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the Marlins have expressed "some level of interest" in Pirates corner infielder Pedro Alvarez.

Alvarez had a miserable 2014, batting just .231/.312/.405 with 18 home runs and 56 RBI in 122 games. He had 36 home runs and 100 RBI in 2013. The 27-year-old is also a very poor defender at third base.
Dec 11 - 3:46 PM

Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said Thursday after the team designated Ike Davis for assignment that they've "essentially committed" to Pedro Alvarez at first base.

Huntington previously had refused to rule out Alvarez remaining at third base, but with his throwing issues and Josh Harrison's emergence at the hot corner, a move to first for Alvarez was inevitable. Alvarez slugged 36 homers in 2013, but that number was cut in half in 2014 and he hit just .231/.312/.405 overall. His season ended early due to a stress reaction in his left foot, but he didn't need surgery and is expected to have a normal offseason.
Nov 21 - 11:04 AM

Pedro Alvarez will not require surgery for the stress reaction in his left foot.

Alvarez has been dealing with a stress reaction in the fourth metatarsal in his left foot since late August and likely wouldn't have been a factor even if the Pirates advanced in the postseason. He's still in recovery mode, but there's a chance he could get some at-bats in winter ball if he makes progress. Alvarez made $4.25 million this season in his first year of arbitration and is under team control for two more seasons. Coming off a miserable year both offensively and defensively, his future with the Pirates is in question.
Oct 6 - 4:20 PM

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said Pedro Alvarez (foot) could soon begin baseball activities.

Hurdle's statement suggests Alvarez' meeting with a doctor Tuesday to receive clearance for the foot went well. Still, Hurdle didn't specify how soon or what Alvarez would be cleared to do, and he said he still hadn't talked with Alvarez or the team's training staff about a plan of action. A return still appears to be a ways away at this point.
Oct 1 - 6:06 PM

Pedro Alvarez (foot) will be examined on Tuesday to determine if/when he can resume baseball activities.

Alvarez has been nursing a stress reaction in the fourth metatarsal in his left foot since late August. It's an injury that normally requires 4-6 weeks to recover from, but he isn't giving up hope of returning at some point during the postseason.
Sep 26 - 4:31 PM

Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said Sunday that there's a chance Pedro Alvarez (foot) could return if the team advances to the NLDS.

He will not be ready for the Wild Card game. Alvarez has been nursing a stress reaction in the fourth metatarsal in his left foot since late August and it's an injury that normally requires 4-6 weeks to recover from.
Sep 21 - 1:33 PM

Pedro Alvarez has been diagnosed with a stress reaction in the fourth metatarsal in his left foot.

The typical recovery time for such an injury is 4-6 weeks, so Alvarez can be ruled out for the remainder of the 2014 season. He had a miserable year offensively and defensively, batting .231/.312/.405 in 122 games while losing his spot at third base due to a rash of throwing errors. The future is cloudy for Alvarez.
Sep 10 - 5:19 PM

Pedro Alvarez will be examined by a foot specialist.

Alvarez hasn't started a game since August 26, when he suffered a sprain between two toes on his left foot. He will not travel with the Pirates to Philadelphia, so it sounds like he won't return to the lineup anytime soon. More will obviously be known about his status after he's examined.
Sep 7 - 1:54 PM

Pedro Alvarez (foot) struck out as a pinch-hitter in Friday's suspended game against the Cubs.

Alvarez continues to battle a foot injury and hasn't yet been cleared to play the field. He will continue to be limited to pinch-hit duties for the time being. Alvarez is hitting a disappointing .231/.312/.405 with 18 homers and 56 RBI on the season.
Sep 6 - 4:36 AM

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said Wednesday that Pedro Alvarez (foot) is available to pinch-hit but isn't ready to play the field.

Alvarez has been out of action since August 26 after suffering a sprain between two toes on his left foot. Ike Davis and Gaby Sanchez will hold down first base until Alvarez is ready. "He is physically not able to take the field right now," Hurdle said. "He is working hard to try and make some progress. Initially, we thought there was a good push, and now it has been in kind of a holding pattern. He is now facing live pitching as far as hitting off the coaches and the pitchers and the machines, so he has ramped that up. He is available off the bench to hit."
Sep 5 - 10:16 AM

Pedro Alvarez (foot) remained out of the Pirates' lineup Wednesday.

Alvarez has missed over a week of action since suffering a sprain between two toes on his left foot. He resumed swinging a bat over the weekend, but it's unclear how close he is to returning to the lineup. Ike Davis will handle first base again Wednesday.
Sep 3 - 12:08 PM

Pedro Alvarez (foot) hit off a tee on Sunday.

It's his first bit of activity since suffering a sprain between two toes on his left foot on Tuesday. Alvarez won't be available off the bench Sunday and it's not clear when he'll return to the lineup, but it does appear some progress is being made.
Aug 31 - 12:56 PM

Pedro Alvarez (foot) remained out of the Pirates' lineup Sunday.

Alvarez has now missed the last four games after suffering a sprain between two toes on his left foot. The Pirates aren't going to put him on the DL with rosters expanding Monday, but it's not clear when he'll be ready to play. Ike Davis is at first base again Sunday.
Aug 31 - 11:05 AM

Pedro Alvarez (foot) remained out of the Pirates' lineup Friday.

He's now missed two straight games after suffering a sprain between two toes on his left foot during Tuesday's contest. It's not clear at this point how much longer Alvarez might be sidelined. Ike Davis is handling first base on Friday.
Aug 29 - 3:29 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Francisco Cervelli
2Chris Stewart
3Tony Sanchez
4Elias Diaz
5Sebastian Valle
1B1Pedro Alvarez
2Corey Hart
3Sean Rodriguez
2B1Neil Walker
2Gustavo Nunez
3Jake Elmore
SS1Jordy Mercer
2Pedro Florimon
3Justin Sellers
3B1Josh Harrison
2Deibinson Romero
LF1Starling Marte
CF1Andrew McCutchen
2Gorkys Hernandez
RF1Gregory Polanco
2Travis Snider
3Andrew Lambo
4Willy Garcia
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Gerrit Cole
2Francisco Liriano
3A.J. Burnett
4Charlie Morton
5Jeff Locke
6Vance Worley
7Jeremy Bleich
8Nick Kingham
9Jameson Taillon
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Mark Melancon
2Tony Watson
3Antonio Bastardo
4John Holdzkom
5Jared Hughes
6Brandon Cumpton
7Stolmy Pimentel
8Casey Sadler
9Bobby LaFromboise
10Rob Scahill
11Radhames Liz
12Deolis Guerra
13Blake Wood
14Brad Lincoln