The Pittsburgh Pirates announced today that Pedro Alvarez will be with AAA Indianapolis. It makes sense and Neal Huntington alluded to the fact on an interview with 93.7 The Fan this week.
Alvarez had just three hits in 17 at-bats while rehabbing with the Gulf Coast League Pirates and while with the Bradenton Marauders.
Since he has been with the Indianapolis Indians in AAA, Pedro has 17 at-bats and is hitting .294 with two doubles and five RBI. We have to think he will get some work over the All-Star break in Indy and try and find momentum so he can join the Bucs after the break.
Enjoy the final few days with Josh Harrison and Brandon Wood manning the third base spot.
Pedro will be in Indy for a little bit. He will get one more game at Indy as the AAA schedule lines up with MLB with the exception of AAA plays Thursday, the Bucs don’t.
UPDATE: Hurdle had some comments on Alvarez….
“There’s a bigger issue than health here. He’s very close health-wise, and Pedro’s a big part of what we want to accomplish in the future. I think sometimes you make decisions so a player can understand that it’s about the volume of work…..
Players are human. They go down, and the first thing in the frontal lobe is, ‘When am I going to get back?’
When we can take that out of the equation and say, ‘You know what? Here’s what we need you to do. We need you to get your work done defensively.
We need you to be in a condition that’s going to be good for you to play, to run the bases, to hit. We need a volume of at-bats strung together. It has nothing to do with home runs, OPS, slugging percentage….. where you’re squaring the ball up and hitting it hard where it’s pitched, that’s what we want you to focus on.’”
Huntington said a little bit more.
“it would be an agressive move to bring him back. Before he was injured he wasn’t where he needed to be.”