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Pregame: Healthy Alvarez sent to Triple-A

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Here’s a bit of a stunner: Pedro Alvarez today was activated from the disabled list and immediately optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis. “Pedro remains a big part of our future, but we believe making this move is the best way to get him back on track offensively and defensively so he can help us win games at the major league level,” GM Neal Huntington said in a statement released via email. More details as soon as I get ‘em …

»»» George Von Benko, a local media figure and a good friend, has published his first book, “Memory Lane,” a compilation of his columns which ran in the Uniontown Herald Standard. Von Benko has covered and commented on sports in this region for more than 40 years. His book includes vignettes about homegrown standouts such as Olympic champion John Woodruff, football All-American Ernie Davis, Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Lujack, basketball coach Vivian Stringer and wrestler George Dugan. It’s definitely worth a read by clicking on the publisher’s website.

»»» After beating Washington last Sunday, right-hander Kevin Correia (11-6) had accounted for 25.6 percent of the Pirates’ 43 wins. According to Elias, that was the highest rate in the majors at that point in the season.

Lineups for tonight’s game:

Cubs (36-54) – TBA. Ryan Dempster rhp (5-6, 4.99)

Pirates (46-42) – 1. Alex Presley lf, 2. Chase d’Arnaud ss, 3. Neil Walker 2b, 4. Andrew McCutchen cf, 5. Lyle Overbay 1b, 6. Garrett Jones rf, 7. Josh Harrison 3b, 8. Mike McKenry c, 9. Kevin Correia rhp (11-6, 3.74)

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Comments

  1. alan says:

    tradebait?

  2. Macboy says:

    This was the right move. I felt Alvarez was rushed to the majors last year. Yes, his 64 RBI and 16HR in 386 PAs last year as a raw 23 year old had reason to believe, but 119 strikeouts and streakiness were cause for concern, as was the .304 SLG this year (and 42 SO in 138 PAs).

    Alvarez needs refinement in his swing and should work on his defense, possibly moving to first base and learning the position. I, for one, do not feel he is the savior of the franchise and have reason to believe he will be another Chad Hermansen. Remember, just as Alvarez had August 2010, Hermansen did have a decent May 2002–his BA wasn’t high but he did have a respectable .342 OBP and had 4HR/8RBI (the RBI total would be higher if he weren’t the leadoff guy). No other month stands out as being good in Hermansen’s career, nor does any other month in Pedro’s. The league has figured him out, much like they figured out Hermansen, Tike Redman, Chris Duffy, and the other flashes in the pan.

  3. Charles says:

    I have to think that the PBC wants Pedro to get some more at-bats. It would make no sense to bring him up now, play 2 games, then sit for 4 days. I think he’ll be up here 1 week, 2 weeks tops.

  4. densum2 says:

    This is the best move for Pedro right now. Get his head clear, get healthy, and come back ready to contribute.

  5. Sid says:

    Maybe move him to 1B now? Let’s take a look at where his playing…hmmm

  6. Jason says:

    I think getting him out of the major league spotlight was smart. Let him gain confidence in Indy and work on hitting.

    Plus, the current 3rd base tandem is working out decently. But we do miss Pedro’s power potential majorly.

  7. Cajun Thunder says:

    @Charles…Pedro is going to sit for 3 days anyway. Indy is off Monday-Wednesday for the AAA All Star Break.

  8. DanFlick says:

    @Macboy

    I agree that this was the right move but comparing him to Chad Hermansen is ridiculous. The guy had 16 home runs last year and a much better pedigree than Chad freakin Hermansen not to mention all the other guys you listed. C’mon.

  9. Ron says:

    Good move. Let him get some playing time against almost MLB talent so he is fully ready to produce for the playoff push.

  10. Robert says:

    @Charles

    I was thinking the same thing. It’s the perfect opportunity for him to get straightened out.

  11. Keith says:

    Or, as another source intimates, it opens things up for an acquisition at 3B. Hmm…

  12. Sec.143RowMSeat24 says:

    As soon as I heard this news I figured it was because with the All Star break, there was no reason to bring him up. I thought it was because his rehab stint was at or near 20 days. Was there enough time on his rehab stint to carry him through the break? If so that’s one thing, if his 20 days was up then I would have to think this is just to keep him playing while the major league team has the break.

  13. John Lease says:

    The best part was the emphasis on conditioning. It’s about time.

  14. Chuck H. says:

    Leave him at Indy until he gets his swing back. Usually your third baseman is supposed to hit for power, but , so far, we don’t have that power at third, just punch and judy hitters. If Pedro can get back his groove later on, then bring him up. Go Bucs!!

 
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