Updates from Sunday, Sept. 21
Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review provided quotes from Clint Hurdle and general manager Neal Huntington on Pedro Alvarez's status:
Hurdle: "Pedro (Alvarez) is not engaged in anything close enough to (suggest) he has some momentum coming back"— Travis Sawchik (@Sawchik_Trib) September 21, 2014
Pirates GM Neal Huntington says Pedro Alvarez is definitely out for potential play-in game— Travis Sawchik (@Sawchik_Trib) September 21, 2014
Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported more on Alvarez:
Huntington added there's a chance Alvarez could be on roster if #Pirates would advance to NLDS, but didn't say how likely it was— Rob Biertempfel (@BiertempfelTrib) September 21, 2014
Updates from Wednesday, Sept. 10
Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review has an update on Pedro Alvarez's recovery timetable:
Announcement on Alvarez is merely a diagnosis: stress reaction in the 4th metatarsal in his left foot.Typical recovery time is 4-6 weeks— Travis Sawchik (@Sawchik_Trib) September 10, 2014
Updates from Monday, Sept. 1
Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported on Pedro Alvarez's injured foot:
#Pirates Hurdle on Snider (hamstring): "He's close. Hurdle on Alvarez (foot): "He's not so close."— Rob Biertempfel (@BiertempfelTrib) September 1, 2014
Updates from Friday, Aug. 29
Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review has the latest on Alvarez:
Pirates lineup. No Snider. No Alvarez. Tabata batting second pic.twitter.com/S8NEJyITKi— Travis Sawchik (@Sawchik_Trib) August 29, 2014
As if Tuesday night couldn't get much worse for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Pedro Alvarez is apparently in a walking boot.
Dan Zangrilli of 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh reported that the 2013 All-Star third baseman needed the aid of a boot as he departed PNC Park:
Pedro Alvarez just left in a walking boot.— Dan Zangrilli (@DanZangrilli) August 27, 2014
Alvarez left the Pirates' 5-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals after suffering from "left foot discomfort," the team announced:
Pedro Alvarez left tonight's game with left foot discomfort.— Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) August 27, 2014
That was after the Pirates revealed Andrew McCutchen exited early as well with "left rib discomfort." Losing one of those players would've been bad enough, but to watch them both go down is concerning for Pittsburgh.
Alvarez might be experiencing a slight drop in his power numbers from the past two years, but he's still second on the team in home runs and tied for second in runs batted in. The Pirates can't afford to have his bat out of the lineup for too long.
Pittsburgh is 5.5 games out in the National League Central and a game back in the wild-card race. Making up either one of those deficits would be harder to do without Alvarez.