Alvarez (shoulder) is expected to pitch an inning in the Rookie League on Saturday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Alvarez has missed the entire 2016 season thus far after suffering multiple setbacks in his recovery from a shoulder injury, but it appears he's finally ready to return to game action. The A's will likely play it very cautiously with the 26-year-old and work him back slowly through a rehab stint, but it remains a possibility that Alvarez will not make it back to major league action at all until the start of the 2017 season.
Alvarez (shoulder) threw a successful bullpen session Saturday, MLB.com's Jane Lee reports. Alvarez was able to mix some changeups into his usual repertoire of fastballs, tossing a total of 25 pitches in the effort. Although his progress is encouraging, the Athletics have yet to decide whether they plan to utilize him in the majors in 2016.
Alvarez (shoulder) will throw a bullpen session Saturday, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports. Alvarez has had a lengthy recovery process, but he seems to be making steady progress now that he's begun to throw again. The team is being careful with Alvarez and hasn't said if they'll aim to have him back this season, and rightfully so. Before getting injured in 2015, Alvarez was coming off a 2014 campaign that saw him post a 2.65 ERA and 1.24 WHIP over 30 starts.
Alvarez (shoulder) will start a throwing program this week after discovering no nerve damage to his shoulder, John Hickey of the Bay Area News Group reports. Alvarez has yet to pitch in a game this season, but could be ready to return to the field soon. He has experienced a few setbacks over the course of this season, most recently being shut down for three weeks back in June, and has visited Dr. James Andrews on a few occasions. Alvarez should now be able to begin taking steps forward, but the team may decide to proceed cautiously due to his past history.
Alvarez (shoulder) is without a timetable to resume throwing, the San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser reports. He is expected to find out Saturday from the Athletics' doctors if he can begin a throwing program, according to the Bay Area News Group's John Hickey, so more information should be forthcoming. Given his low upside (career 12.6 percent K-rate) and injury history, he's only worth a stash in very deep leagues.
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