Pittsburgh Pirates Option Healthy Pedro Alvarez to AAA

Announced yesterday, the Pittsburgh Pirates (46-42) have reinstated third baseman Pedro Alvarez from the 15-day disabled list, but immediately optioned the 24-year-old to Pittsburgh’s AAA affiliate in Indianapolis.

General Manager Neil Huntington stated that the 2008 No. 2 overall pick “remains a big part of our future,” but that the team believes this move “is the best way to get him back on track offensively and defensively so that he can help us win games at the major league level.”

Alvarez was hitting .208 with two home runs and 10 RBI in 36 games this season, after hitting .256 with 16 home runs in 347 at-bats last season. He has been on the disabled list since May 20 with a quadriceps strain.

Hopefully Pedro can find his swing in Indy, and contribute to Bucs’ second half run at the postseason. Adding the bat of a healthy, effective Alvarez may be the best move the Pirates could make near this season’s trade deadline.

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