15DHenderson Alvarez SP OAK 4 days ago

Alvarez (shoulder) is expected to throw 60 pitches or four innings in a rehab start for High-A Stockton on Saturday, John Hickey of the Bay Area News Group reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Alvarez is set for a big step forward after throwing just 40 pitches in Monday's rehab outing for Triple-A Nashville. He's still at least a couple weeks away from joining the big club, but it does appear Alvarez is on track for a debut by the end of May. Previous reports suggested that he's expected to be ready in late May or early June.

15DHenderson Alvarez SP OAK 6 days ago

Alvarez gave up one unearned run in two innings of work in a rehab start with Triple-A Nashville on Monday.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Alvarez threw 40 pitches in what is another positive sign in the progression of his rehab from a UCL tear he suffered last May. The 26-year-old will likely make several more minor league starts with increasing workloads before a possible return to the majors sometime next month.

15DHenderson Alvarez SP OAK 1 week ago

Alvarez will make his next rehab start Monday with Triple-A Nashville, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Alvarez fired three innings in his first rehab appearance with High-A Stockton, giving up a run on three hits while striking out one batter. He's making steady progress through his rehab program, and it appears he's staying on schedule for a return in late-May or early-June.

15DHenderson Alvarez SP OAK 2 weeks ago

Alvarez (shoulder) is expected to begin a rehab stint with High-A Stockton on Wednesday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

This marks a big step toward returning to the big leagues after Alvarez suffered a partial UCL tear last May, but the team will still likely take it slowly with the 26-year-old. They're currently targeting a late-May or early-June return, but the timetable could change depending on how Alvarez feels following his first game action.

15DHenderson Alvarez SP OAK 2 weeks ago

The A's are targeting a late may or early June return date for Alvarez (shoulder), John Hickey of the Bay Area News Group reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Alvarez is slated to throw one more bullpen session before setting out on a rehab assignment, according to Jane Lee of MLB.com. Given the nature of his injury and the amount of down time following his shoulder surgery, the A's will be patient with him and give him multiple starts at the minor league level before plugging him into the big league rotation.

15DHenderson Alvarez SP OAK 3 weeks ago

Alvarez (shoulder) will throw a simulated game at the O.co Coliseum on Friday, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

After facing live hitters on Tuesday, Alvarez continues his road to recovery with this simulated game. If all goes well, he'll remain on track for a mid-May return. After an All-Star season in 2014, Alvarez struggled to stay healthy with a shoulder injury last year, but looks increasingly closer to returning.

15DHenderson Alvarez SP OAK 3 weeks ago

Alvarez (shoulder) has returned to the Athletics after throwing 30 pitches against minor league batters with High-A Stockton, John Hickey of the Bay Area News Group reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

This is a good sign for the right-hander, especially considering he was able to use all of his pitches in the outing. Alvarez still has a way to go in his recovery, but it's promising that a return in mid-May is still realistic.

15DHenderson Alvarez SP OAK 4 weeks ago

Alvarez (shoulder) threw 25 pitches in a live batting practice session Wednesday, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Alvarez had been limited to just throwing bullpen sessions of late, but he moved up to facing live batters Wednesday for the first time since undergoing shoulder surgery. He told reporters following Wednesday's session that his shoulder felt good and that May is still in the realm of possibility for his return date. Alvarez's next batting practice session is scheduled for Sunday.

15DHenderson Alvarez SP OAK 1 month ago

Alvarez (shoulder) was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Alvarez has been long expected to start the season on the disabled list due to his lengthy recovery from shoulder surgery, and the A's finalized the move Saturday with Opening Day looming. However, Alvarez has been upping his pitch counts during recent bullpen sessions and is scheduled to face live hitters Wednesday. If he continues to recover at this pace, he could be back on the mound some time in mid-May.

15DHenderson Alvarez SP OAK 1 month ago

Alvarez (shoulder) will face hitters next Wednesday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Alvarez has been ramping up his rehab in recent days, and it appears that he's progressed enough to face live hitters. He's still a ways away from game situations, but the progress he's made still points toward a mid-May return.