Pedro Alvarez 3B PIT 9 Days

Alvarez (foot) sat out both of Saturday's games, even though starting third baseman Josh Harrison was unable to play in Game 2.

If ever there was a game in which the team needed Alvarez's services, it was in Saturday's second game with Harrison out. The fact that Alvarez couldn't play at all goes to show just how much trouble the third baseman's sprained toes continue to give him.

Pedro Alvarez 3B PIT 9 Days

Alvarez (foot) is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Cubs.

Alvarez will miss his ninth straight contest due to the sore foot. Gaby Sanchez will get another start at first base in Alvarez's absence.

Pedro Alvarez 3B PIT 11 Days

Alvarez (foot) remains out of the lineup Friday, MLB.com's Tom Singer reports.

He will miss his eighth straight game with the foot injury, although on Wednesday the Pirates said Alvarez would be available off the bench, so that will likely be the case once again. Gaby Sanchez will start at first base Friday.

Pedro Alvarez 3B PIT 13 Days

Manager Clint Hurdle said Alvarez (foot) is available to hit off the bench Wednesday, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

Hurdle did acknowledge, however, that Alvarez is still "physically unable to play in the field," suggesting that he could still be multiple days away from slotting back in at first base. In the meantime, Ike Davis will continue to assume close to regular duty at first base, with Alvarez limited strictly to pinch-hitting duties.

Pedro Alvarez 3B PIT 14 Days

Manager Clint Hurdle said that Alvarez (foot) "still has some work to do" to get back in the lineup, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

The Pirates skipper didn't elaborate on any possible timetable for the infielder. Alvarez has been out since Tuesday. He's had a disappointing season with a .232/.313./.406 slash line but he was beginning to heat up prior to his injury.

Pedro Alvarez 3B PIT 15 Days

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 15 Days

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 16 Days

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 17 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 17 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.