Pedro Alvarez 3B PIT 2 Hrs

Alvarez (foot) remains out of the lineup Monday against the Cardinals.

No surprise here, as Alvarez remains unable to run after suffering a foot sprain last Tuesday. He was recently cleared to hit off a tee but a return to the lineup does not appear imminent.

Pedro Alvarez 3B PIT 3 Hrs

Alvarez (foot) is hitting off a tee but still unable to run, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

It doesn't appear that Alvarez will return to the lineup within the next couple days. Ike Davis has played well at first base, further lessening the need to rush Alvarez's bat back into the lineup.

Pedro Alvarez 3B PIT 1 Day

Alvarez (foot) is out of the lineup again Sunday against the Reds.

Alvarez was seen without a walking boot Friday, but has yet to return to the lineup. The team hasn't released a timetable on him, so it's unclear how long he will be unavailable at this point. Ike Davis will start at first base Sunday and bat fifth for the Pirates.

Pedro Alvarez 3B PIT 2 Days

Alvarez (foot) remains out of the lineup Saturday against the Reds.

Alvarez was seen walking without his protective boot Friday, but he's set miss a third straight start Saturday and the Pirates have yet to provide a return timetable for the 27-year-old. He was diagnosed with a sprain between two of the toes on his left foot after leaving Tuesday's game. Ike Davis and Gaby Sanchez will continue to share the load at first base in the interim.

Pedro Alvarez 3B PIT 2 Days

The Pirates didn't provide a timetable for Alvarez (foot) on Friday, though the infielder was seen walking around the clubhouse sans his walking boot.

Pittsburgh is likely targeting Monday for Alvarez, as he's had good success playing against the Cardinals in St. Louis. Ike Davis, who has rotated with Alvarez at first base recently, is playing well, giving the Bucs little reason to rush the slugger back into the lineup.

Pedro Alvarez 3B PIT 3 Days

The Pirates have yet to clarify the specific injury Alvarez (foot) is suffering from or its prognosis, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Manager Clint Hurdle initially called the injury a sprain between two toes, but the third baseman has used a walking boot. In his last 10 games, Alvarez has eight hits in 30 at-bats, including three homers, one double and two stolen bases. The Pirates are expected to release additional information about Alvarez's status Friday afternoon.

Pedro Alvarez 3B PIT 5 Days

Alvarez (foot) is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Cardinals.

Alvarez could be down for at least a couple of days after he was diagnosed with a sprained foot following Tuesday's game. Ike Davis will slot back in at first base in his place.

Pedro Alvarez 3B PIT 6 Days

Alvarez (foot) was diagnosed with a sprain between two of his toes on his left foot, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

Alvarez reportedly left the clubhouse wearing a walking boot, which would seem to suggest he might have to miss a few games. If that's the case, it would provide an unwelcome disruption just when Alvarez was starting to heat up at the plate while settling in defensively at first base. He went 0-for-3 prior to departing Tuesday, but had collected two walks and four hits -- including three homers -- in his previous three contests.

Pedro Alvarez 3B PIT 6 Days

Alvarez left Tuesday's game against the Cardinals with left foot discomfort.

The timing couldn't be much worse for Alvarez and the Pirates, as Alvarez was finally beginning to show some life at the plate in recent days and Andrew McCutchen left earlier Tuesday with an aggravation of his rib injury. That said, the true extent of Alvarez's injury is uncertain, so consider him day-to-day until the team elaborates.

Pedro Alvarez 3B PIT 9 Days

Alvarez went 2-for-3 with a walk, two homers, four RBI and his seventh stolen base Saturday in Milwaukee.

Playing first base for just the second time in his career (he was lifted for a defensive replacement in the sixth inning), El Toro belted a pair of 97-mph, Wily Peralta fastballs into the left field stands at Miller Park. Alvarez, who sees fewer fastballs than nearly any other big leaguer, got ahead in the count both times he went deep after walking his first time up. It remains to be seen whether he can duplicate his efforts against off-speed pitchers, but at least for one night he delivered for fantasy owners.