60DHenderson Alvarez
SP OAK
19 hours 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.

60DHenderson Alvarez
SP OAK
5 days 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.

60DHenderson Alvarez
SP OAK
1 week 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.

60DHenderson Alvarez
SP OAK
1 week 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.

60DHenderson Alvarez
SP OAK
4 weeks 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.

60DHenderson Alvarez
SP OAK
1 month 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.

60DHenderson Alvarez
SP OAK
2 months ago

Alvarez (shoulder) will not throw for three weeks, Joe Stiglich of CSN California reports.

EDGE Analysis

The right-hander visited Dr. James Andrews a couple times this week following another setback with his injured shoulder last weekend. Fortunately, there was no recommendation for another surgery, but Alvarez did receive a PRP injection and will need a few weeks to let the treatment take effect. A return before the end of July would seem unlikely.

60DHenderson Alvarez
SP OAK
2 months ago

Alvarez (shoulder) was moved to the 60-day DL on Saturday, Joe Stiglich of CSN California reports.

EDGE Analysis

The move is essentially a formality, as it frees up a spot on the 40-man roster, which the A's will use to add Dillon Overton. As for Alvarez, he continues to experience soreness in his throwing shoulder and met with Dr. James Andrews twice in the last week. The move to the 60-day DL indicates that Oakland is in no hurry to rush him back into throwing after he was shut down during his last rehab start.

60DHenderson Alvarez
SP OAK
2 months ago

Alvarez (shoulder) visited Dr. James Andrews on Thursday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

EDGE Analysis

The visit to the esteemed doctor was Alvarez's second in as many days, as the player and team are still trying to determine what is wrong with his shoulder. Alvarez experienced soreness following his outing with Triple-A Nashville last weekend in what was just the latest in a series setbacks. His timetable to return to the major leagues has been pushed back indefinitely.

60DHenderson Alvarez
SP OAK
2 months ago

The Athletics have decided to shut Alvarez (shoulder) down after he experienced renewed soreness following Saturday's rehab outing at Triple-A Nashville, Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

EDGE Analysis

The 26-year-old has been on the DL all season since undergoing arthroscopic surgery on the shoulder in July 2015, but was believed to be on the cusp of returning after he made his fifth rehab start at Triple-A on Saturday. Those plans have now been tabled after this setback, and Alvarez will be forced to meet with Dr. James Andrews in the coming days for an evaluation.