Alvarez is back with the major league club, and is on the lineup card for Tuesday's contest with the Rangers, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports. This move likely signals Nick Tropeano's move to the disabled list with a sore elbow that he sustained Monday night. On the year, Alvarez has posted a 4.38 ERA with a 1.59 WHIP during 37 innings with the Angels. He was recently sent down to Triple-A Salt Lake in early July, but has returned after allowing two earned runs during five appearances in the minors.
Alvarez was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake on Monday. Alvarez saw his streak of eight appearances without allowing a run come to an end Sunday, when he was tacked for two runs (one earned) on two hits and a walk before departing without recording a walk. With the Angels needing to open up a 25-man roster spot for Monday's starter, Nick Tropeano, Alvarez was deemed the most expendable out of the team's relievers. He should resurface with the Angels at some point after the All-Star break if he pitches well at Triple-A in the interim.
Alvarez suffered the loss in Friday's game against Baltimore, allowing a two-run home run to Chris Davis in the seventh inning. Alvarez has struggled recently, allowing runs in three of his last four relief appearances. However, the left-hander has been a solid option out of the bullpen for the Angels this season, racking up seven holds to go along with a 3.97 ERA. Alvarez leads the Los Angeles bullpen in appearances, a trend likely to continue throughout the season.
Alvarez gave up three earned runs on three hits and a walk in 1.2 innings of work in the Angels' 5-0 loss to the White Sox on Tuesday. Tuesday's outing was Alvarez's first poor performance of 2016 as he had not given up a run in seven appearances prior. The lefty is coming off a 2015 campaign where he posted a 3.49 ERA and 1.21 WHIP over 67 innings. The 26-year-old will try to produce similar numbers in a mid-to-late inning relief role for the Angles in 2016.
Angels manager Mike Scioscia has enjoyed strong performances from left-handed relievers Cesar Ramos and Jose Alvarez early in the season, with the pair combining to limit lefties to one hit in seven at-bats while striking out four, MLB.com reports. "If you have versatility and you have balance, it does create depth," Scioscia said Monday. "We can use guys in different situations, different roles, and hopefully keep them fresh and get the results we need." Scioscia brought Ramos into a two-run game win one out and one on in the seventh inning Monday, as three left-handed hitters were due to bat. Ramos retired the first two men he faced to turn the game over to setup man Joe Smith in the team's eventual 6-3 win.