Pedro Alvarez 1B/3B PIT 5 days ago

Alvarez is out of the lineup Tuesday against the Cubs.

Alvarez has just a 1-for-18 career mark against lefty Travis Wood, so it comes as no surprise that manager Clint Hurdle has chosen to start Corey Hart at first base instead. It appears Alvarez and Hart will be deployed in a fairly strict platoon at first base for the time being.

Pedro Alvarez 1B/3B PIT 2 weeks ago

Alvarez went 2-for-4 with his second home run Friday against the Brewers.

He's started all four games at first base with the opposition throwing right-handed pitchers. Unsurprisingly, Alvarez has already struck out eight times without walking, but last year when he tried to be better discipline his entire approach suffered. It's early, but a return to 2012 or 2013 numbers seems like a possibility with Alvarez.

Pedro Alvarez 1B/3B PIT 2 weeks ago

Alvarez went 2-for-4 with his first homer of the year Thursday against the Reds.

After going a quiet 1-for-6 over the first two games of the season, Alvarez flashed his power, but also struck out two more times -- he's now got four whiffs in 10 at-bats so far this season. Expect Alvarez to start at first base every time the Pirates face a right-hander.

Pedro Alvarez 1B/3B PIT 4 weeks ago

Alvarez hit two dingers -- including a grand slam -- in an 18-4 romp of Philadelphia on Monday.

He's hit four homers with 15 RBI and a .325 batting average in Grapefruit League action, but a 2:9 BB:K ratio continues to tamper expectations. By all accounts, Alvarez has made a decent transition from third base to first and figures to see the bulk of starts while platooning with Corey Hart.

Pedro Alvarez 1B/3B PIT 1 month ago

Alvarez hit two doubles and a home run Friday, raising his spring batting average to .381 (8-for-21).

Alvarez went opposite field for his dinger -- an approach he tried unsuccessfully in 2014. He's slated to start the season in a platoon with Corey Hart. Alvarez's transition from third base to first has seemingly gone smoothly, though the infielder still holds a desire to start at the hot corner.

Pedro Alvarez 1B/3B PIT 1 month ago

Alvarez (elbow) returned to the lineup Friday and went hitless in two at-bats.

He played five innings against the Twins before leaving the contest. Alvarez, who co-led the NL with 36 homers two seasons ago, holds one of the biggest potential ranges of outcomes in 2015.

Pedro Alvarez 1B/3B PIT 2 months ago

Manager Clint Hurdle said Wednesday that Alvarez (elbow) went through an aggressive workout and came through fine, and that he's good to go, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Alvarez hyperextended his elbow Sunday, but it appears the issue wound up minor, as he should be fine to go in the future. It's unclear when he is slated to rejoin the lineup, but it should be at some point in the near future.

Pedro Alvarez 1B/3B PIT 2 months ago

Alvarez suffered a hyperextended elbow Sunday, CBS Sports reports.

Alvarez said that he's still able to work out, but he'll still be held out of the team's next few spring training games. Manager Clint Hurdle mentioned that he was not conerned, so it appears to be more of a precautionary measure than an indication of a larger issue.

Pedro Alvarez 1B/3B PIT 2 months ago

Alvarez won his arbitration case and will be paid $5.75 million in 2015, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports.Alvarez shaved nearly five percent off his strikeout rate (from 30.3% to 25.4%) and improved his walk rate to a career-best 10.1% last season, but his 2014 campaign was largely a disappointment. The 28-year-old hit just .208/.250/.375 in the second half, ultimately losing his starting job at third base before a foot injury ended his season. He's expected to open 2015 at first base for the Pirates, looking to return to the 30-homer level for the third time in four years.

Pedro Alvarez 1B/3B PIT 3 months ago

Alvarez skipped the Pirates' minicamp last week despite the team's intention to teach and play him at a new position (first base) in 2015.

The organization and Alvarez have been unable to agree upon a contract for 2015 and are headed for arbitration. Pittsburgh recently hired former first baseman, Kevin Young, as a special assistant and one of Young's first duties was to help Alvarez transition from third base to first -- but the enigmatic slugger chose to skip the voluntary workouts. Alvarez has two seasons left with Pittsburgh before he becomes an unrestricted free agent. The Scott Boras-represented infielder is unlikely to sign a long-term with the Pirates and could be traded if and when he rebuilds his trade value.