Pedro Alvarez 3B PIT 8 Days

Alvarez is out of the lineup again Friday.

Manager Clint Hurdle appears reluctant to turn back to Alvarez at first base, after he struggled in his debut at the position Monday. The 27-year-old is set to sit Friday for a third straight day, and considering his dismal .176/.176/.235 batting line this month, it seems safe to say Alvarez's opportunities will remain limited over the final five weeks or so of the season.

Pedro Alvarez 3B PIT 11 Days

Alvarez went 0-for-4 in his debut at first base Monday against Atlanta.

Although he wasn't charged with an error, he struggled defensively. He also stranded four baserunners and grounded into a double play. Alvarez has hit two home runs since June and is a big reason why the Bucs have fallen back in the standings.

Pedro Alvarez 3B PIT 12 Days

Alvarez will make his first career start at first base Monday vs. the Braves, MLB.com reports.

The rise of Josh Harrison in the face of Alvarez's decline on defense have prompted the Pirates to explore using their slugger elsewhere, but it's uncertain how much playing time he'll see at first base. Alvarez remains one of the Pirates' top home run threats despite his decline in production this season, and could still salvage 2014 if he can get on a hot spell over the final month and a half.

Pedro Alvarez 3B PIT 13 Days

Alvarez went 2-for-4 against Washington on Sunday and has posted a .263 batting average (5-for-19) with a double and two RBI while starting at either third base or DH in Pittsburgh's last five games.

The infielder committed yet another costly throwing error Sunday and leads the majors with 25 miscues. Alvarez has struck out 10 times without drawing a walk in his last five games, yet he will likely continue starting until the team moves Josh Harrison back to third when Andrew McCutchen comes off the DL. McCutchen is eligible to return as soon as Tuesday.

Pedro Alvarez 3B PIT 17 Days

Alvarez went 1-for-4 with three strikeouts in his first start since Aug. 2 on Wednesday.

He'll likely get the nod again Thursday afternoon as the team's designated hitter. Alvarez is hitless in four career at-bats against starter Max Scherzer.

Pedro Alvarez 3B PIT 17 Days

Alvarez will serve as the designated hitter and bat sixth Wednesday against the Tigers, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

With the DH option available to him in Detroit, manager Clint Hurdle will take the opportunity to get Alvarez his first start since Aug. 2. Alvarez will likely serve as the DH again Thursday and could make his debut at first base as soon as this weekend.

Pedro Alvarez 3B PIT 19 Days

Alvarez is expected to serve as the Pirates' designated hitter when the team travels to Detroit on Wednesday and Thursday, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Manager Clint Hurdle also said Monday that Alvarez could make his debut at first base in Washington over the weekend. The infielder has started just one game in August and is 1-for-9 since July.

Pedro Alvarez 3B PIT 20 Days

Alvarez is out of the Pirates' lineup again Sunday.

This is hardly news at this point, but it's worth noting that Alvarez was seen fielding grounders at first base Friday and manger Clint Hurdle confirmed that the team will attempt to work him in at the position eventually.

Pedro Alvarez 3B PIT 21 Days

Manager Clint Hurdle confirmed Saturday that the Pirates are going to try to work Alvarez in at first base, Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

Though he seemed a bit reluctant initially, Alvarez has agreed to the experiment, saying "it's another opportunity for me to help this team." Despite his struggles at the hot corner, Alvarez added that he still "absolutely" sees himself as a third baseman long-term. Gaby Sanchez is starting at first base Saturday and it's not entirely clear when Alvarez may get his first opportunity at the position.

Pedro Alvarez 3B PIT 21 Days

Alvarez is out of the lineup Saturday against the Padres.

Alvarez will remain on the bench in favor of Jayson Nix at third with lefty Eric Stults on the hill for San Diego. Making his return Friday after a three-game stint on the bereavement list, Alvarez popped up in a pinch-hit appearance to fall to 14-for-69 (.202 average) since the start of July.