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24 Pedro Alvarez 3B
Height/Weight: 6-3/235 | Birthdate: 2/6/1987 | Birthplace: Santo Domingo, DR | Bats/Throws: L/R | Team: Pittsburgh | College: Vanderbilt | MLB Experience: 5 | Salary: $700,000 | Owned/Started%: 72/39 | Average Draft Position: 112.68
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Pedro Alvarez still out Friday with foot injury


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/29/2014) Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez is out of the starting lineup yet against Friday against the Reds, as he continues to deal with a sprained left foot.  He has missed two games since suffering the injury Tuesday, and remains day to day at this point.

Pedro Alvarez in walking boot after spraining foot


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2014) Pirates slugger Pedro Alvarez arrived at the ballpark Wednesday in a walking boot. He sprained his foot diving in vain for a ball Tuesday night.

Alvarez has three home runs in the last four games to give him 18 on the season.


Pedro Alvarez exits game with foot issue


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/26/2014) Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez was removed from Tuesday's game with left foot discomfort, the team announced.

Alvarez went hitless in three at-bats before coming out of the game. He'll be re-evaluated by the team tomorrow.


Pedro Alvarez goes yard Monday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/26/2014) Pirates first baseman Pedro Alvarez clubbed a home run Monday against the Cardinals.

Alvarez didn't wait long before he struck. In his first at-bat, Alvarez belted a 92 mph fastball out to center for a solo shot. He would also single later in the contest. Alvarez finished 2 for 4, with one run scored and one RBI. It was his 18th home run.


Pedro Alvarez could return to third base in 2015


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/24/2014) Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said Sunday that the team has not closed the door on first baseman Pedro Alvarez returning to third base in 2015, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

The team would like to see Alvarez back at third base, but he'll have to do a better job defensively than he did this season in order to stick at the position. Otherwise, he may wind up manning first base on a regular basis. Alvarez has hit .233/.314/.403 with 17 home runs and 55 RBI in 387 at-bats.


Pedro Alvarez goes deep twice


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/24/2014) Pirates first baseman Pedro Alvarez hit two home runs Saturday against the Brewers.

Alvarez first struck in the fourth inning. With two men on, Alvarez belted a 97 mph fastball out to left for the three-run shot. He also managed to go yard in his next at-bat. With the bases empty, Alvarez blasted another 97 mph fastball out to left. He finished 2 for 3, with two runs scored and four RBI. 


Pedro Alvarez unlikely to return to third base this season


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/19/2014) Pirates first baseman Pedro Alvarez is unlikely to play third base again this season in anything but an emergency situation, MLB.com reports.

"Right now, I think we have a better option in Josh Harrison," manager Clint Hurdle said Tuesday. "This season, right now -- to put the best team that I can on the field every night, we have better options. We have to find [Alvarez] some at-bats. Is third base the optimum place to get them? No, it is not."


Pedro Alvarez makes his first start at first base


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/18/2014) Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez will make his first start at first base Monday.

Alvarez has played the majority of his games at third this season. Alvarez has taken extra infield practice lately in expectation of the move. He's hitting .233/.314/.392 over 378 at-bats.


Pedro Alvarez returns to third base


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/15/2014) Pirates infielder Pedro Alvarez is in the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Nationals at third base, his first start there in nearly two weeks.

Alvarez, who started the team's last two games as a designated hitter, has been putting in extra infield practice with the expectation he would make the transition to first base soon. However, he has yet to appear in a game at first base, and his role moving forward is not yet known. 


Is that stashed superstar really worth the wait?


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/12/2014) So you're at the point, with the season winding down, where you have to win at all costs. Seems straightforward enough. The only problem is your bench is overflowing with players you can't actually use -- ones that are injured but too valuable to drop, like Brett Lawrie, Brandon Phillips, Adam Eaton, Michael Wacha, Paul Goldschmidt, Yadier Molina, Ryan Zimmerman, Joey Votto, Carlos Gonzalez or Masahiro Tanaka.

Or maybe your albatross isn't injured but just doesn't inspire much confidence right now, like Pedro Alvarez, Justin Verlander or Mike Minor.

I've got news for you: This late in the year, when winning is paramount, you can consider dropping them. Granted, it shouldn't be the goal because the competition can only benefit from whatever you forfeit, but sometimes, it's your only choice.

I break it down player-by-player in my latest post to the Fantasy Baseball Today blog, so if you could a little assistance with that season-shifting dilemma, be sure to check out.


Hitters to sit in Week 20


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/10/2014) Thinking about starting Dioner Navarro, Michael Morse, Dustin Ackley, Pedro Alvarez, Erick Aybar or Curtis Granderson in Fantasy Week 20 (Aug. 11-17)? You might want to look into other options.

Find out why in the latest Start and Sit Hitters.


First base experiment starting for Pedro Alvarez


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/9/2014) The Pirates will experiment with playing Pedro Alvarez at first base for the remainder of the season, manager Clint Hurdle told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Saturday.

Alvarez has been taking grounders at first base, and has agreed to the experiment. He could see time at third base as well, though Gaby Sanchez has also begun taking grounders at third to increase the team's overall versatility.

Alvarez has never appeared at first base in his major-league career, but is making the move to first after racking up a career-high 23 throwing errors in just 105 games. 


Pedro Alvarez takes grounders at first base


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/8/2014) Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez took some grounders at first base before Friday's game, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

Alvarez has ben supplanted as the starter at third base, but he may be able to see some time at first if he can handle the position defensively. Ike Davis, the primary option at first base, is also a left-handed batter, however, so it's unlikely Alvarez would play at first base in a strict platoon role.


Pedro Alvarez off bereavement list, but still a reserve


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/8/2014) Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez has been activated off the bereavement list. He will return as the backup to Josh Harrison.

Alvarez has not had a multi-hit game since June 29 and has struggled mightily in the field as well, particularly with his throwing accuracy.


Pedro Alvarez placed on Bereavement List


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/5/2014) The Pirates placed third baseman Pedro Alvarez on the Bereavement List Tuesday, the team announced. He will miss a minimum of three games before he can return to the team. 

Josh Harrison supplants Pedro Alvarez as Pirates' primary 3B


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/3/2014) Pirates manager Clint Hurdle announced Sunday infielder Josh Harrison has supplanted Pedro Alvarez as the team's primary third baseman.

"Whether (Alvarez) is unplugged or plugged, Harrison is more than a viable option," Hurdle said, per the Pittsburgh-Tribune Review. "Harrison is our best defender on the club right now at third base."


Clint Hurdle explains benching of Pedro Alvarez


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) Clint Hurdle has compared Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez to Travis Snider and Josh Harrison in justifying his move to bench the former again Wednesday.

"He's not outplaying Harrison," he told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "Snider's a hot bat that's in the lineup."

Alvarez is leading the major leagues in errors, including 21 on bad throws, and owns a stat line of .238/.309/.437.


Pedro Alvarez out of lineup vs. RHP Wednesday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez is out of the lineup for the second game in a row Wednesday against the Giants, despite the team facing a right-handed pitcher yet again. He has started just one of the team's last six games, though it is not yet clear if the knee injury that bothered him last week is still an issue.

'The Thing' could push Pedro Alvarez to the bench


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) "The Thing" has a hold on Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez - and it could cost him his starting job.

"The Thing" in baseball parlance is an inexplicable inability to throw accurately to the point it becomes a mental block. Alvarez has 23 errors this season, more than any player in any position in the major leagues, and 21 have come on throws. He has hidden when the media has come around to ask him about it, according to the Beaver County Times.

Alvarez has apparently allowed the problem to affect his hitting. He has not had a multi-hit game since July 10 and has just five hits in his last 25 at-bats. He has not scored or driven in a run in the last six games as his stat line has been weakened to .238/.326/.407. Despite cutting down a bit on his strikeouts this season, his production has suffered, though he has still managed 15 home runs and 47 RBI.


Pedro Alvarez returns from knee injury Sunday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez returned to the starting lineup Sunday against the Rockies after missing three straight starts with a knee injury. Alvarez is batting .222 with two doubles, two home runs and five RBI in 18 July games.

Pedro Alvarez still can't return Friday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/25/2014) Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez missed his second game in a row Friday against the Rockies, due to discomfort in his left knee. He remains day to day moving forward as a result of this injury, which has kept him out since he left Wednesday's game.

Pedro Alvarez sits out Wednesday due to knee injury


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2014) Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez was held out of the starting lineup Wednesday vs. L.A. Dodgers after leaving Tuesday's game due to knee discomfort. Josh Harrison started in Alvarez's absence.

Pedro Alvarez removed with knee discomfort Tuesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/22/2014) Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez was removed from Tuesday's game with a knee issue.

Alvarez left the game with left knee discomfort. He was 1 for 2, with a double, before being removed from the game. 


Pedro Alvarez goes deep early in loss


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/12/2014) Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez homered for the second time in four games Friday, in a 6-5 loss to the Reds.

Alvarez had just one hit in the game, a three-run home run that gave the Pirates the lead in the fourth. He finished the game 1 for 3 with a walk, one run scored and three driven in during the loss.

Alvarez has two home runs in 11 July games, and is hitting .242/.306/.455 in 33 at-bats during the month. 


Pedro Alvarez hits homer No. 14


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2014) Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez went deep for the first time in eight games Tuesday, in a 5-4 loss to the Cardinals.

Alvarez had just one hit as he went 1 for 4 in the game, but he made it count. Alvarez clubbed a two-run home run in the fourth inning to open the scoring for Pittsburgh, though it was his only contribution in the loss.

Alvarez is hitting .240/.326/.412 with 14 home runs in 88 games.