Wed, 30 Jul 2014 11:51:38 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates 3B Pedro Alvarez was partly benched the last two days in order to work on his throwing problems at third base. Twenty one of his 23 major league-leading errors this year have been on throws. "He just needs to continue to work," manager Clint Hurdle said. "We want to help him regain his form on (offense and defense) that he's shown us in the past."
Fantasy Tip: Alvarez has become a platoon third baseman because of his throwing issues and his struggles against lefties and the fact that Josh Harrison has been raking. You should only own Alvarez in deep mixed and NL-only leagues at this point.
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 09:57:56 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates 3B Pedro Alvarez is out of the lineup for the second straight day against a lefty Wednesday, July 30.
Fantasy Tip: Starting Alvarez against a lefty is foolish, since he's hitting only .181 against them this year. Make sure he's out of your daily lineups today.
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:54:49 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates 3B Pedro Alvarez was not in the lineup Tuesday, July 29, against the San Francisco Giants, but the absence was not trade-related, according to a source.
Sat, 26 Jul 2014 11:20:09 -0700
Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Pirates 3B Pedro Alvarez (knee) appeared as a pinch hitter against the Colorado Rockies Friday, July 25, and remained in the game to play third base.
Fantasy Tip: He's expected to return to the starting lineup this weekend.
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:36:07 -0700
Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Pirates 3B Pedro Alvarez (knee) completed drills Friday, July 24, and could be available off the bench.
Fantasy Tip: It appears like Alvarez will return over the weekend, which is good news for fantasy owners. Don't be afraid to give him a game to prove his health, though.
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:25:48 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates 3B Pedro Alvarez (knee) is not in the starting lineup Friday, July 25, against the Colorado Rockies. 3B Brent Morel is filling in at third and hitting eighth.
Fantasy Tip: Morel is worth a look in daily games. He is cheap, and the game is being played at hitter-friendly Coors Field. Alvarez hasn't played since he left early Tuesday, July 22, because of left knee discomfort. Check back for updates on Alvarez's status.
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:27:56 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates OF Starling Marte (head) will be placed on the disabled list, but it is not known if it will be the seven-day disabled list or the 15-day disabled list.
Fantasy Tip: Travis Snider may receive more playing time while Marte is out of the lineup. Josh Harrison could also receive some playing time in the outfield but could also play third base, depending on Pedro Alvarez's injury. Snider should help in NL-only leagues but may not have much value in mixed leagues.
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:45:42 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates 3B Pedro Alvarez (knee) is out of the lineup Wednesday, July 23. He left Tuesday, July 22, action because of left knee discomfort. INF/OF Josh Harrison is starting at third base in his place and hitting seventh.
Fantasy Tip: Get him out of your daily lineups and monitor his condition over the next few days.
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:00:48 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates 3B Pedro Alvarez (knee) left the game Tuesday, July 22, against the Los Angeles Dodgers due to what the team terms "left knee discomfort."
Sun, 25 May 2014 07:51:09 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates 3B Pedro Alvarez was dropped to sixth in the order Saturday, May 24, and hit his first homer since May 5. Manager Clint Hurdle said Alvarez has tweaked some things with hitting coach Jeff Branson, but his biggest issue was his mental approach.