OUTHenderson Alvarez
SP OAK
2 months ago

Alvarez (shoulder) was outrighted to Triple-A Nashville on Friday, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The move is more procedural than anything else, as Alvarez underwent shoulder surgery in September and is expected to miss the majority -- if not all -- of the 2017 season. The 26-year-old has appeared in just four games since the end of 2014, so he faces a lengthy rehab whenever he is healthy enough to return to the mound.

OUTHenderson Alvarez
SP OAK
3 months ago

Alvarez underwent successful shoulder surgery Tuesday (his second such surgery) and is without a timetable to return, the San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser reports.

EDGE Analysis

As with any arm surgery, the second time around is a lot harder to return from, so Alvarez will face an uphill battle. His first surgery was 14 months ago, and both procedures were done by Dr. James Andrews. This surgery entailed a bicep tenodesis procedure as well as an excision of a boney exotosis in his right shoulder. It would not be surprising if he missed most or all of the 2017 season.

OUTHenderson Alvarez
SP OAK
3 months ago

Alvarez will undergo shoulder surgery next week, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

While it's now known that Alvarez will have surgery, details regarding the type of procedure and time spent rehabilitating the injury have yet to be revealed. Alvarez pitched just four games this season, during which he allowed 16 runs across 22.1 innings.

OUTHenderson Alvarez
SP OAK
3 months ago

Alvarez (shoulder) has been shut down and will be sent to Dr. James Andrew for further evaluation, John Hickey of the Bay Area News Group reports.

EDGE Analysis

Alvarez has battled persistent issues with his shoulder all season, and things seemed to be taking a turn in the right direction when he was sent out on a rehab assignment in late August. However, it appears his shoulder is not responding as hoped, and he will take another trip to visit Dr. Andrews to see where he stands. He could be forced under the knife again if the results are not promising.

OUTHenderson Alvarez
SP OAK
3 months ago

Alvarez (shoulder) is set to begin a rehab assignment with High-A Stockton within the next few days, MLB.com's Jane Lee reports.

EDGE Analysis

Alvarez hasn't been able to pitch for the A's all season while he's endured multiple setbacks in his recovery from July 2015 surgery to repair a tear in his throwing shoulder. For the third time this season, Alvarez will attempt to head out on a rehab assignment after his previous two efforts were thwarted, meaning a return to the A's before the conclusion of the campaign is still on the table. The right-hander threw 13 pitches during a simulated outing in Arizona on Saturday, with his fastball checking in around 89-to-91 miles per hour. If he continues to make velocity gains and avoid any further setbacks, Alvarez could serve as a bullpen option for the Athletics later in September.

OUTHenderson Alvarez
SP OAK
3 months ago

Alvarez (shoulder) is expected to pitch an inning in the Rookie League on Saturday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

EDGE Analysis

Alvarez has missed the entire 2016 season thus far after suffering multiple setbacks in his recovery from a shoulder injury, but it appears he's finally ready to return to game action. The A's will likely play it very cautiously with the 26-year-old and work him back slowly through a rehab stint, but it remains a possibility that Alvarez will not make it back to major league action at all until the start of the 2017 season.

OUTHenderson Alvarez
SP OAK
3 months ago

Alvarez (shoulder) threw a successful bullpen session Saturday, MLB.com's Jane Lee reports.

EDGE Analysis

Alvarez was able to mix some changeups into his usual repertoire of fastballs, tossing a total of 25 pitches in the effort. Although his progress is encouraging, the Athletics have yet to decide whether they plan to utilize him in the majors in 2016.

OUTHenderson Alvarez
SP OAK
4 months ago

Alvarez (shoulder) will throw a bullpen session Saturday, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Alvarez has had a lengthy recovery process, but he seems to be making steady progress now that he's begun to throw again. The team is being careful with Alvarez and hasn't said if they'll aim to have him back this season, and rightfully so. Before getting injured in 2015, Alvarez was coming off a 2014 campaign that saw him post a 2.65 ERA and 1.24 WHIP over 30 starts.

OUTHenderson Alvarez
SP OAK
4 months ago

Alvarez (shoulder) will start a throwing program this week after discovering no nerve damage to his shoulder, John Hickey of the Bay Area News Group reports.

EDGE Analysis

Alvarez has yet to pitch in a game this season, but could be ready to return to the field soon. He has experienced a few setbacks over the course of this season, most recently being shut down for three weeks back in June, and has visited Dr. James Andrews on a few occasions. Alvarez should now be able to begin taking steps forward, but the team may decide to proceed cautiously due to his past history.

OUTHenderson Alvarez
SP OAK
5 months ago

Alvarez (shoulder) is without a timetable to resume throwing, the San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser reports.

EDGE Analysis

He is expected to find out Saturday from the Athletics' doctors if he can begin a throwing program, according to the Bay Area News Group's John Hickey, so more information should be forthcoming. Given his low upside (career 12.6 percent K-rate) and injury history, he's only worth a stash in very deep leagues.