Pedro Alvarez Injury: Updates on Pirates 3B's Foot and Return

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistAugust 27, 2014

Aug 25, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Pedro Alvarez (24) rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run against the St. Louis Cardinals during the second inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
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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:

Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported more on Alvarez:

 

 

Updates from Wednesday, Sept. 10

Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review has an update on Pedro Alvarez's recovery timetable: 

 

Updates from Monday, Sept. 1

Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported on Pedro Alvarez's injured foot:

 

Updates from Friday, Aug. 29

Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review has the latest on Alvarez:

 

Original Text

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:

Alvarez left the Pirates' 5-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals after suffering from "left foot discomfort," the team announced:

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.

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