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Alvarez (foot) will not be available if the Pirates advance to the play-in game, Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Alvarez has been diagnosed with a stress reaction in the fourth metatarsal in his left foot, Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
The Pirates are sending tests on Alvarez (foot) back to Pittsburgh in an effort to ascertain a prognosis for the infielder, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
It appears unlikely that Alvarez (foot) will return to the lineup anytime soon after experiencing a setback during his pinch-hitting appearance Friday, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Updating a previous report, Pirates' general manager Neal Huntington stated Sunday that no decision has been made as to whether Alvarez (foot) would travel with the team for the upcoming four-game road trip to Philadelphia, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune reports.
Alvarez (foot) sat out both of Saturday's games, even though starting third baseman Josh Harrison was unable to play in Game 2.
Manager Clint Hurdle said Alvarez (foot) is available to hit off the bench Wednesday, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Manager Clint Hurdle said that Alvarez (foot) "still has some work to do" to get back in the lineup, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
The Pirates have yet to clarify the specific injury Alvarez (foot) is suffering from or its prognosis, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Alvarez (foot) was diagnosed with a sprain between two of his toes on his left foot, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Alvarez went 2-for-3 with a walk, two homers, four RBI and his seventh stolen base Saturday in Milwaukee.
Alvarez will make his first career start at first base Monday vs. the Braves, MLB.com reports.
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.
Alvarez will serve as the designated hitter and bat sixth Wednesday against the Tigers, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
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 confirmed Saturday that the Pirates are going to try to work Alvarez in at first base, Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Upon his return from the bereavement list, Alvarez popped out to shortstop in a pinch-hitting appearance Friday.
Alvarez was activated from the bereavement list Friday, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Alvarez has been placed on the bereavement list, Jenn Menendez of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Starling Marte will be reinstated from the disabled list as a result.
Manager Clint Hurdle believes that Josh Harrison is the Bucs' best choice at third base for the near-term future. "Whether (Alvarez) is unplugged or plugged, Harrison is more than a viable option," Hurdle said in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "Harrison is our best defender on the club right now at third base."
Alvarez is out of the lineup Sunday against the Diamondbacks, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Alvarez went hitless in three at-bats Saturday and committed yet another throwing error against the Diamondbacks.
After not starting for three straight games, Alvarez returns against Arizona on Thursday and will bat seventh against Josh Collmenter.
Alvarez will sit for the third straight game Wednesday vs. the Giants, Ken Laird of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Alvarez left Tuesday's game against the Dodgers with left knee discomfort, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Alvarez committed his major-league leading 19th error Friday, the most of any player at any position. Washington shortstop Ian Desmond ranks second with 15 miscues.
Alvarez was 1-for-3 with a walk and a three-run home run in a losing cause against the Reds on Friday night.
Alvarez, who hit just his third homer in 110 plate appearances since June 4 on Tuesday, continued his trend of mashing Cardinals' pitching in St. Louis.
Alvarez is out of the lineup Friday against the Phillies, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Alvarez had a quiet 3-for-4 on Thursday against the Mets, singling three times without scoring or driving in a run.
Alvarez is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Rays, according to Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Alvarez went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts Sunday and hasn't driven in a run in his last 51 plate appearances.
Alvarez, who went 1-for-3 with a well-struck double Thursday, was lifted for pinch-hitter Jordy Mercer against the Reds.
Alvarez went 0-for-3 and stranded six baserunners before being pinch-hit for by Gaby Sanchez on Tuesday.
Alvarez, who hit his first homer since May 5 on Friday, was moved from the cleanup spot to sixth in the order against the Nationals.
Alvarez was 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in the Pirates win over Washington on Friday night.
Alvarez, who went 2-for-4 against Baltimore on Wednesday, hasn't homered in his last 50 plate appearances.
Alvarez is not in the lineup for the second half of Sunday's double header, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Alvarez went 2-for-4 against the Brewers on Wednesday and has six hits in his last 16 at-bats.
Alvarez went 3-for-5 against the Cardinals on Sunday, raising his batting average back over the Mendoza Line at .215.
Alvarez went 2-for-7 with four RBI, two runs scored and one home run Monday against the Giants.
Alvarez was 2-for-5 with a two-run, game tying home run in the ninth inning of a come from behind win over Toronto on Friday night.
Alvarez batted fifth against a lefty for the first time in 2014 after previously hitting cleanup, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Alvarez is batting .462 (6-for-13) with a homer and four RBI against Matt Garza, Milwaukee's starting pitcher Saturday.
Alvarez went 2-for-3 with a three-run homer and pair of walks in Thursday's win against Milwaukee.
Alvarez snapped an 0-for-16 slide Tuesday, going 1-for-3 with two runs scored and his second stolen base of the season.
Alvarez had a rough weekend series in Milwaukee, going 0-for-10 with five strikeouts (and two walks).
Alvarez belted a go-ahead three-run homer Thursday, giving him three homers and seven RBI in his last two games.
Alvarez walked three times and lined out sharply to right field in his only official at-bat Saturday against St. Louis.
Alvarez's two home-run night Friday included both an opposite-field bomb and a rare homer thrown off of a Shelby Miller changeup, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Alvarez went 2-for-4 with a couple of home runs, three RBI and three runs scored in Friday's 12-2 rout of the Cardinals.