Alvarez (shoulder) says he will throw a bullpen session in March for interested teams, Manolo Hernandez of Beisbol Porgotas reports. Alvarez has dealt with a flurry of injuries over the last two seasons, including a shoulder surgery that ended his 2016 campaign. The right-hander was an All-Star in 2014 for Miami, when he compiled a 2.65 ERA and 111 strikeouts in 30 starts. Injuries have gotten the best of him since that point, but Alvarez says he is throwing at 120 feet and several teams have asked for updates recently. Look for the 26-year-old to land a minor league contract somewhere down the line.
Alvarez underwent successful shoulder surgery Tuesday (his second such surgery) and is without a timetable to return, the San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser reports. As with any arm surgery, the second time around is a lot harder to return from, so Alvarez will face an uphill battle. His first surgery was 14 months ago, and both procedures were done by Dr. James Andrews. This surgery entailed a bicep tenodesis procedure as well as an excision of a boney exotosis in his right shoulder. It would not be surprising if he missed most or all of the 2017 season.
Alvarez (shoulder) is set to begin a rehab assignment with High-A Stockton within the next few days, MLB.com's Jane Lee reports. Alvarez hasn't been able to pitch for the A's all season while he's endured multiple setbacks in his recovery from July 2015 surgery to repair a tear in his throwing shoulder. For the third time this season, Alvarez will attempt to head out on a rehab assignment after his previous two efforts were thwarted, meaning a return to the A's before the conclusion of the campaign is still on the table. The right-hander threw 13 pitches during a simulated outing in Arizona on Saturday, with his fastball checking in around 89-to-91 miles per hour. If he continues to make velocity gains and avoid any further setbacks, Alvarez could serve as a bullpen option for the Athletics later in September.
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.