The Phillies transferred Alvarez (groin) from the 10-day injured list to the 45-day IL on Sunday.
The transaction officially spells an end to Alvarez's season. The lefty reliever hadn't pitched for the Phillies since Aug. 20 due to the testicular contusion, and he'll wrap up his 2020 campaign with a 1.42 ERA and 1.58 WHIP over 6.1 innings in his eight appearances. The Phillies selected catcher Rafael Marchan from their alternate training site to replace Alvarez on the 40-man roster.
Alvarez (testicular contusion) could be done for the season, Matt Breen of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
He will not be able to throw for two weeks and will then need an additional two weeks to build back up before returning, so he will be up against it with just over four weeks remaining in the regular season.
Alvarez was placed on the 10-day injured list Friday with a testicular contusion, Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.
The 31-year-old was hit square in the groin by a 105-mph comebacker during Thursday's game against the Blue Jay, and he'll need at least 10 days on the shelf to recover. JoJo Romero was added to the active roster in a corresponding move.
Manager Joe Girardi said Thursday that he thinks Alvarez (groin) will travel with the team to Atlanta, but will likely be unavailable for the next couple of games, Meghan Montemurro of The Athletic reports.
Alvarez exited Thursday's contest against Toronto after being hit on the groin by a 105-mph comebacker. Girardi noted that tests on the southpaw came back fine, although it sounds like he will be unavailable for at least Friday's series opener against the Braves.
Alvarez was carted off the field Thursday after getting hit by a line drive in the groin, Matt Breen of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Alvarez recorded the out at first base before being helped off the field. Specifics regarding the injury should emerge once he's further evaluated in the coming days.
Alvarez didn't allow an earned run in four Grapefruit League innings before play was paused.
The Phillies demoted fellow lefties Cole Irvin and Austin Davis on Thursday, though Alvarez's bullpen role never appeared to be at risk. The 30-year-old, who owns a solid 3.63 career ERA, should be the top southpaw in a bullpen which may also include Adam Morgan and Francisco Liriano, though he's unlikely to be a candidate for saves.
Alvarez signed a one-year, $2.95 million contract with Philadelphia on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Scott Lauber of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Alvarez posted a 3.36 ERA and 1.42 WHIP with 51 punchouts and 16 holds across 59 relief innings during the 2019 campaign. He'll be in line for a set-up role once again in 2020.
Alvarez (3-2) earned the win Friday against the Giants after allowing two hits and recording the final out of the sixth inning.
Alvarez came into the sixth inning to replace starter Drew Smyly with one on and two outs. He gave up a single to Scooter Gennett, then an RBI single to Donovan Solano, allowing Smyly's runner to score. Alvarez got Austin Slater to line out to end the inning, and Bryce Harper followed up with a three-run homer in the seventh to hand Alvarez and the Phillies the win. The 30-year-old owns a 2.93 ERA and 1.33 WHIP over 46 games this season.
Alvarez pitched two innings, allowing one hit and two walks as the opener in Saturday's game versus the Dodgers.
The spotless performance gives Alvarez a 3.57 ERA and 1.46 WHIP through 23 appearances spanning 22.2 innings this season. The reliever has also snagged a save and four holds while striking out 15 batters.
Alvarez will be used as an opener Saturday against the Dodgers, Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.
In many ways, it's surprising that a forward-thinking manager such as Gabe Kapler took until now to embrace the opener trend. The platoon-heavy Dodgers make for an ideal candidate to test the system against, with both righty Vince Velasquez and lefty Cole Irvin available in long relief. The move guarantees that Alvarez will pitch, but it also means he'll face the toughest part of the Dodgers' order and will not get the chance for a win.
Alvarez threw two scoreless innings in Monday's loss to the Cardinals, walking one, striking out one and allowing one hit.
Alvarez struggled early on in his time with the Phillies, allowing nine runs (eight earned) in 7.2 innings of work over his first eight outings. He's now on a streak of five straight scoreless appearances, bringing his season ERA down to a still-high 5.84. He's still not striking out nearly enough batters, as his strikeout rate sits at 12.5 percent after coming in above 22 percent in each of the last two seasons.
Alvarez allowed one run in a scoreless inning and secured his first save of the season Sunday against Miami.
It was a quick seven-pitch inning for Alvarez, who gave up a leadoff single before getting two ground balls to end the ballgame. After surrendering eight hits and five runs (four earned) over his previous two appearances (three innings), a strong showing was just what the 29-year-old lefty needed to gain some confidence back. The Phillies continue to deploy a closer-by-committee approach, but the southpaw probably won't be heavily involved.
Alvarez (0-1) took the loss Tuesday against the Nationals, allowing four runs on six hits (including one homer) while striking out two in 1.1 innings.
The lefty was able to retire Adam Eaton to close out the ninth inning and send the game to extras, but he couldn't get the job done in the 10th frame. He allowed five straight hits to start that inning, with a Juan Soto three-run homer doing most of the damage. Alvarez has now allowed multiple runs in two of his first four appearances this season.
Alvarez agreed to a one-year, $1.93 million contract Friday that allowed him to avoid arbitration, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports.
Alvarez was traded from the Angels to the Phillies in early December, and he's expected to open the 2019 season in his new team's bullpen. His solid 2.71 ERA with 59 strikeouts over 63.0 frames a year ago were the best numbers he's posted during his young career, and he could see plenty of mid-to-high-leverage opportunities if he keeps it up.
Alvarez was traded from the Angels to the Phillies on Thursday in exchange for Luis Garcia, Maria I. Guardado of MLB.com reports.
Alvarez was one of his team's top relievers in 2018, ending the year with a 2.71 ERA and 1.16 WHIP with a 59:22 K:BB over 63 innings. The Phillies figure to deploy the 29-year-old lefty in plenty of high-leverage spots when the 2019 campaign rolls around.
Alvarez struck out the one batter he faced and picked up the save Sunday against the White Sox.
Alvarez was called upon with two outs in the bottom of the ninth after Blake Parker allowed the tying and winning runs to reach base. Alvarez would fan Nicky Delmonico to slam the door. Through 71 appearances this season, Alvarez has notched 11 holds and owns a solid 2.59 ERA with 57 strikeouts through 59 frames.
Alvarez was credited with the win after firing a scoreless inning while allowing a hit and striking out two against the Padres on Wednesday.
Alvarez has been effective in relief this season, posting a 2.68 ERA with 49 strikeouts over 50.1 innings. The 29-year-old hasn't been used in any save situations, but he has established himself as manager Mike Scioscia's top left-handed arm out of the bullpen.
Alvarez allowed two hits, but struck out three over a scoreless inning in Wednesday's win over the Rockies.
Alvarez is quietly having a breakout season in a bullpen that has struggled of late. The 29-year-old owns a 1.04 ERA with a healthy 4.5 K:BB through 17.1 innings. His 2.57 FIP (3.72 career mark) indicates that we are witnessing an improved pitcher, and not just a lucky start to the campaign.
Alvarez had a walk and a strikeout over 1.1 innings in Friday's 13-9 victory over the Athletics.
Alvarez has spun 4.1 scoreless innings so far this year. The 29-year-old should reach double-digit holds for the third consecutive season serving as the Angels' top left-handed option out of the bullpen. He doesn't offer enough in terms of ratios help to sustain value outside of very deep hold leagues.
Alvarez agreed to a one-year, $1.05 million deal with the Angels on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Jeff Fletcher of the Southern California News Group reports.
This was the first offseason as an arbitration-eligible player for Alvarez. The left-hander appeared in 64 games for the third straight year, compiling a 3.88 ERA and 1.27 WHIP over 48.2 innings of relief. Looking ahead to this season, Alvarez should receive a decent amount of time on the field as one of the lone left-handed options in the Angels' bullpen.
|Last 7 Games|
|08/20||@ TOR||L 2-3||0.1||0||0||0||0|
|08/18||@ BOS||W 13-6||0.2||2||1||1||1|
|08/14||vs NYM||W 6-5||1.0||0||0||1||1|
|08/13||vs BAL||L 4-11||1.0||2||0||0||1|
|08/11||vs BAL||L 9-10||1.0||1||0||0||0|
|08/08||vs ATL||W 5-0||0.2||1||0||0||0|
|08/06||vs NYY||W 5-4||0.2||1||0||0||1|
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|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2013||AAA-Toledo Mud Hens||128.2||21||20||1||8||6||1||115||25||114||2.81||1.084|
|2014||AAA-Salt Lake Bees||30.2||6||6||0||0||2||0||17||15||35||6.85||1.656|
|2016||AAA-Salt Lake Bees||7.1||5||0||0||1||0||0||7||5||5||2.54||1.409|
|2017||AAA-Salt Lake Bees||11.2||9||0||0||0||0||0||10||2||10||2.41||1.071|