Alvarez (elbow) underwent successful Tommy John surgery Tuesday, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports.
Alvarez, who recently converted from an outfielder to a pitcher, was plagued by elbow soreness this spring and ultimately decided to undergo Tommy John surgery. He'll look to return sometime during the 2018 season.
Alvarez, who was released by the Orioles last week in order to open a spot on their 40-man roster, has elected to rejoin the organization on a minor-league contract. He's expected to undergo Tommy John surgery this year and will aim to return to action sometime during the 2018 season.
Alvarez (elbow) was released by the Orioles on Thursday.
Following a trade that brought Andrew Faulkner to Baltimore from the Rangers in exchange for cash considerations or a player to be named later, the Orioles needed to make room on their 40-man roster. As a result they opted to part ways with Alvarez, who'd been a position player, had been working on becoming a pitcher, but injured his elbow in the process and is expected to undergo Tommy John surgery.
Alvarez underwent an MRI due to elbow soreness and Tommy John surgery is expected, MASN's Roch Kubatko reports.
He was making the transition from being a position player to pitching, and had to be shut down earlier this spring. This has to be pretty discouraging for Alvarez, who had only started the transition at the start of this spring training, as his future is now very cloudy. He will be out until at least May or June of 2018.
Alvarez will begin working as a pitcher in minor league camp and serve as a reliever this season if all goes well, Jon Meoli of the Baltimore Sun reports.
The Orioles requested Alvarez to change positions this spring due to deep organizational depth in the outfield. After going 0-for-11 in seven Grapefruit League games, he agreed it was time to expedite the switch. The right-hander gained pitching experience during his playing time in Cuba and says his repertoire include a fastball, curveball, and slider. In addition, manager Buck Showalter says Alvarez would be able to serve as a DH between pitching experiences, a role which would dramatically increase his usefulness to the organization. Look for the 28-year-old to open the 2017 season in a minor league bullpen as he begins this major career transformation.
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