Alvarez was reassigned to minor-league camp on Saturday, Byron Kerr of MASN Sports reports.
Alvarez was in camp as a non-roster invitee but was never likely to make the team. He's made just seven big-league starts over the last four seasons, so his chances of making a significant impact this year are low.
Alvarez signed a minor-league contract with the Nationals on Monday, Jon Heyman of FancredSports.com reports.
The deal includes an invitation to spring training, per Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post. Alvarez spent the 2018 season with Quintana Roo of the Mexican League, posting a 3.58 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 64:24 K:BB across 120.2 innings (19 starts). He owns a career 3.82 ERA across parts of five big-league seasons, though he hasn't been effective at the major-league level since his All-Star campaign with the Marlins in 2014.
Alvarez signed with Tigres de Quintana Roo in the Mexican Baseball League on Friday, Jon Heyman of FanRagSports.com reports.
Alvarez has thrown just 14.2 major-league innings since 2015, all with the Phillies last year. His strikeout rate, which never went higher than 15.4 percent in any season, has been at 9 percent or below in each of his past two major-league seasons. The 27-year-old has a 3.82 career ERA in 577.2 major-league innings, an All-Star appearance, and a 12th-place finish in a Cy Young race, but couldn't find a job in Major League Baseball due to a combination of his injury history and lack of strikeouts.
Alvarez cleared waivers and will in turn become a free agent.
Alvarez signed a minor-league deal with Philadelphia in August after pitching with the independent Long Island Ducks, and recorded three big-league starts during the month of September. During those outings, he allowed seven earned runs off 14 hits and 11 walks while striking out six in 14.2 innings. The right-hander hasn't appeared in over five games since the 2014 season with the Marlins, and will look to latch on with a club in the coming months.
Alvarez allowed three runs on five hits and six walks over 4.2 innings in a no-decision against the Mets on Saturday. He did not record a strikeout.
His control completely left him late in the outing -- Alvarez issued five walks over the fourth and fifth innings. He was able to minimize the damage, but this was a poor way to end the season, as Alvarez was essentially auditioning for other clubs. The former All-Star spent a good chunk of the year in independent ball after a long battle with shoulder issues.
Alvarez pitched five scoreless innings with two strikeouts during Saturday's loss to Atlanta. He didn't factor into the decision.
This was just the second start of the season for Alvarez, so pitching five scoreless innings checks out as a rock-solid outing. However, he's now struck out just six batters through 10 innings, so his fantasy upside is extremely capped heading into his final outing of the year against the Mets at Citi Field.
Alvarez (0-1) allowed four runs on four hits and two walks while striking out four batters through five innings while taking the loss to Oakland on Sunday.
This was the first start of the season for Alvarez, so it wasn't surprising to see the 27-year-old righty post a mediocre showing. Alvarez entered Sunday with a 4.7 K/9 through 563 innings, so his fantasy value is significantly capped by his lack of strikeout upside. He's probably best viewed as a risky option for his projected upcoming starts against the Braves at SunTrust Park and the Mets at Citizens Bank Park.
Manager Pete Mackanin said Alvarez will start Sunday against Oakland, Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia reports.
The Phillies are transitioning to a six-man rotation for the remainder of the season in order to get a look at Alvarez and to cut down on the innings of their other starters. Alvarez made his last appearance in the majors in 2015 with the Marlins. His fastball has been clocked as high as 98 mph this season, so the Phillies will give him some starts to see if he can be an option to compete for a rotation spot next spring.
Alvarez had his contract purchased from Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Monday, Jon Heyman of FanRagSports.com reports.
Alvarez, who inked a minor-league deal with the Phillies in August after pitching with the independent Long Island Ducks, is set to join the big club after compiling a 2.84 ERA and 8:6 K:BB across three starts (19 innings) with Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He's appeared primarily as a starting pitcher throughout his career, but it's unclear what role Alvarez will play down the stretch for Philadelphia. Seeing as the 27-year-old hasn't pitched in the majors since 2015 due to a slew of shoulder injuries, it would seem unwise to expect much from him upon his return. Still, his fastball was clocked at up to 98 mph during his stint with the Ducks, so if he's able to show flashes of what made him an All-Star in 2014, it could help him earn a job for next season.
Alvarez agreed to a minor-league contract with the Phillies on Tuesday, Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reports.
Alvarez hasn't pitched in the majors since 2015 -- when he was the Marlins' Opening Day starter -- thanks to a myriad of shoulder issues. The 27-year-old has compiled a 3.09 ERA in 32 innings (seven starts) with the independent Long Island Ducks this season, but his 13:14 K:BB leaves something to be desired. On a more positive note, Alvarez's fastball has been clocked at up to 98 miles per hour during his time with the Ducks, according to Jon Heyman of FanRagSports.com, which bodes well for the former All-Star's chances of eventually earning his way back to the big leagues. Alvarez will report to Triple-A Lehigh Valley to begin his tenure with the Phillies.
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 (shoulder) was outrighted to Triple-A Nashville on Friday, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.
The move is more procedural than anything else, as Alvarez underwent shoulder surgery in September and is expected to miss the majority -- if not all -- of the 2017 season. The 26-year-old has appeared in just four games since the end of 2014, so he faces a lengthy rehab whenever he is healthy enough to return to the mound.
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 will undergo shoulder surgery next week, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.
While it's now known that Alvarez will have surgery, details regarding the type of procedure and time spent rehabilitating the injury have yet to be revealed. Alvarez pitched in just four minor league games this season, allowing 16 runs across 22.1 innings.
Alvarez (shoulder) has been shut down and will be sent to Dr. James Andrews for further evaluation, John Hickey of the Bay Area News Group reports.
Alvarez has battled persistent issues with his shoulder all season, and things seemed to be taking a turn in the right direction when he was sent out on a rehab assignment in late August. However, it appears his shoulder is not responding as hoped, and he will take another trip to visit Dr. Andrews to see where he stands. He could be forced under the knife again if the results are not promising.
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 Arizona 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.
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