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Pedro Alvarez back with Pirates after hitting .365 at Triple-A

Jul 25, 2011, 2:19 PM EDT

Pedro Alvarez

Placed on the disabled list in mid-May with a quadriceps injury and then demoted to Triple-A once healthy last month, Pedro Alvarez is back in the majors thanks to the Pirates putting outfielder Alex Presley on the DL.

Just last week manager Clint Hurdle indicated that recalling Alvarez wasn’t in the team’s immediate plans and clubhouse attendants clearing out his locker a few days ago seemingly cemented that status, but Presley’s thumb injury changed things apparently.

Alvarez has played well since the demotion, hitting .365 with three homers and a 1.048 OPS in 18 games, and his 18/12 K/BB ratio is a big improvement over both his 161/49 K/BB ratio in the majors and previous marks in the minors.

He hit just .208 with two homers and a .587 OPS in 36 games for the Pirates before the injury and Alvarez may have to impress right away in order to remain in Pittsburgh down the stretch, because Presley’s bruised thumb isn’t expected to sideline him for very long.

  1. steelcitystud - Jul 25, 2011 at 3:31 PM

    Batting coach Gregg Ritchie will get him straight. That guy has done wonders with this young squad & their hitting. Not gonna happen overnight. The Pirates need to extend this staff’s contracts.

  2. parlorboss - Jul 25, 2011 at 3:48 PM

    Even if Alvarez doesn’t start off on fire, there are definitely other options to send down (d’Arnaud, Harrison) when Presley comes off the DL. The Buccos really needed Tabata to be ready by now, because having to start 2 of Diaz, Jones and Xavier Paul in RF and LF every night (especially against Atlanta and Philly) is not going to be pretty. A week ago, I really didn’t see the need for a corner outfield bat (the need was greater for a CI bat), but with Presley out, Tabata having another setback and Alvarez up (assuming he can produce), that is completely reversed and a guy like Willingham makes more sense to me now. Hell, I would even consider adding Willy Mo Pena, at least as a pinch-hitting bat.

  3. parlorboss - Jul 25, 2011 at 4:17 PM

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