R.J. Alvarez
RP FA
2 years ago

Alvarez was designated for assignment by the Cubs on Tuesday, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.

EDGE Analysis

A waiver acquisition earlier this season, Alvarez was knocked around to the tune of 7.71 ERA and 1.97 WHIP during his time with Double-A Tennessee and the Cubs ultimately ruled him out for a September callup. Alvarez can dial his fastball up near the mid-90s and that raw talent may still entice a few teams.

R.J. Alvarez
RP FA
2 years ago

Alvarez (elbow) was claimed off waivers by the Cubs and optioned to Double-A Tennessee, MLB.com's Carrie Muskat reports.

EDGE Analysis

Alvarez was just starting to begin a rehab assignment, but will now embark upon that journey with a new organization. The right-hander appeared in 21 games for the A's last season, but the results were not great, as he allowed 22 earned runs over 20 innings. If he can get back to full strength and make it to the majors, he would serve in middle relief for the Cubs.

R.J. Alvarez
RP FA
2 years ago

Alvarez (elbow) will begin a rehab assignment with High-A Stockton on Friday, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The hard-throwing right-hander will slowly work up the minor league ladder, and eventually progress to throwing on back-to-back days, before returning to the major league roster. Alvarez underwent surgery in late May to have bone chips removed from his elbow.

R.J. Alvarez
RP FA
2 years ago

Alvarez is scheduled to throw his first rehab game with Class-A Stockton June 3 or 4, John Hickey of Bay Area News Group reports.

EDGE Analysis

Alvarez had surgery this spring that removed bone chips in his elbow and was placed on the 60-day DL in early April. He's been making steady progress recently as he's thrown several bullpen sessions including one Saturday morning. The next step will be a rehab game with Class-A Stockton and then possibly a couple more tune ups at the Double-A or Triple-A level. If all goes well in his rehab outings, it's likely the 24-year-old could return to Oakland's bullpen sometime in June.

R.J. Alvarez
RP FA
2 years ago

Alvarez (elbow) is currently on pace for a late June or early July return, John Hickey of the Bay Area news Group reports.

EDGE Analysis

Alvarez will throw his second bullpen session soon. His next step will likely be throwing a simulated game. Alvarez struggled mightily in 2015; finishing the year with a 9.90 ERA in 20.0 innings pitched.

R.J. Alvarez
RP FA
3 years ago

Alvarez (elbow) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list Friday.

EDGE Analysis

The A's cleared a spot on their 40-man roster Friday by moving Alvarez over to the 60-day DL. He recently underwent a procedure to remove bone chips from his elbow, a procedure that wasn't initially expected to shelve him for too long, but his placement on the 60-day DL will keep him out for a significant portion of the first half of the season.

R.J. Alvarez
RP FA
3 years ago

Alvarez (elbow) was placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday.

EDGE Analysis

This is merely a housekeeping move ahead of Opening Day as it was announced earlier in the week that Alvarez would require surgery to remove bone chips in his elbow. Although the surgery is reportedly less invasive than it may sound, Alvarez will still miss the first chunk of the season.

R.J. Alvarez
RP FA
3 years ago

Alvarez will undergo surgery to remove bone chips in his elbow, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Lee also reports that there is timeline yet for Alvarez's return, but this is considered a minor procedure. Bone chips would help explain Alvarez's rough spring training numbers, as he's allowed six earned runs and 10 baserunners in just 3.2 innings.

R.J. Alvarez
RP FA
3 years ago

Alvarez gave up three earned runs on three hits and a walk over an inning's work in Wednesday's 10-3 loss to the Rangers.

EDGE Analysis

Alvarez's struggles at the big league level have been significant. The 24-year-old has pitched to an 11.00 ERA, and after a solo homer to Rougned Odor, has now allowed a staggering seven home runs in 18 innings. Alvarez showed little ability to command his electric stuff at the Triple-A level -- pitching to a 1.51 WHIP -- perhaps leading to his disastrous major league results. Obtaining experience is what's most important for Alvarez, and with Oakland going nowhere, the right-hander is sure to continue making appearances in low leverage situations.

R.J. Alvarez
RP FA
3 years ago

Alvarez was recalled from Triple-A Nashville on Tuesday.

EDGE Analysis

Stuff isn't a question with Alvarez, it's his ability to command it. The 24-year-old struggled in that regard for the most part this season (4.4 BB/9), but he did show some improvement late with Nashville, issuing five free passes in his final 10 appearances. Look for him to work in low-leverage spots until he proves he can be trusted.