Alvarez was designated for assignment by the Cubs on Tuesday, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports. A waiver acquisition earlier this season, Alvarez was knocked around to the tune of 7.71 ERA and 1.97 WHIP during his time with Double-A Tennessee and the Cubs ultimately ruled him out for a September callup. Alvarez can dial his fastball up near the mid-90s and that raw talent may still entice a few teams.
Alvarez (elbow) was claimed off waivers by the Cubs and optioned to Triple-A Iowa, MLB.com's Carrie Muskat reports. Alvarez was just starting to begin a rehab assignment, but will now embark upon that journey with a new organization. The right-hander appeared in 21 games for the A's last season, but the results were not great, as he allowed 22 earned runs over 20 innings. If he can get back to full strength and make it to the majors, he would serve in middle relief for the Cubs.
Alvarez (elbow) will begin a rehab assignment with High-A Stockton on Friday, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports. The hard-throwing right-hander will slowly work up the minor league ladder, and eventually progress to throwing on back-to-back days, before returning to the major league roster. Alvarez underwent surgery in late May to have bone chips removed from his elbow.
Alvarez is scheduled to throw his first rehab game with Class-A Stockton June 3 or 4, John Hickey of Bay Area News Group reports. Alvarez had surgery this spring that removed bone chips in his elbow and was placed on the 60-day DL in early April. He's been making steady progress recently as he's thrown several bullpen sessions including one Saturday morning. The next step will be a rehab game with Class-A Stockton and then possibly a couple more tune ups at the Double-A or Triple-A level. If all goes well in his rehab outings, it's likely the 24-year-old could return to Oakland's bullpen sometime in June.
Alvarez (elbow) is currently on pace for a late June or early July return, John Hickey of the Bay Area news Group reports. Alvarez will throw his second bullpen session soon. His next step will likely be throwing a simulated game. Alvarez struggled mightily in 2015; finishing the year with a 9.90 ERA in 20.0 innings pitched.