Manager AJ Hinch said Wednesday that Alvarez isn't completely recovered from the left knee injury he sustained at the end of June, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Alvarez missed only a couple games before returning to the lineup as the designated hitter -- though he did sit two games in an NL park -- but he's apparently still battling the knee issue. The 22-year-old is out of the lineup Wednesday, but Hinch indicated it's just a scheduled off day. It seems as though the young slugger will continue to play through the injury, but Hinch said he may require "a day off here and there" to help manage things.
Alvarez is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game versus the Angels, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Alvarez delivered a two-homer game in his second game out of the All-Star break, but since that point he is 3-for-19 with seven strikeouts. Michael Brantley will serve as the designated hitter Wednesday while Josh Reddick, Jake Marisnick and George Springer start in the outfield.
Alvarez went 3-for-3 with a walk, two solo home runs and a third run scored in Friday's 9-8 loss to the Rangers.
The two teams combined for nine homers at Globe Life Park, but Alvarez was the only player on either squad to go yard twice. The rookie is now up to nine home runs and 27 RBI with a devastating .363/.433/.788 slash line through his first 21 big-league games.
Alvarez went 3-for-5 with a double and three RBI in Sunday's 11-10 win over the Angels.
Alvarez's clutch two-run single in the eighth inning tied the game at 10-10. The rookie slugger has torn up MLB pitching since his promotion in early June. He's racked up 25 RBI with 14 extra-base hits, a .342 clip and a 1.141 OPS across 82 plate appearances.
Alvarez returned to the lineup Friday after sitting two games while the Astros played in a National League city. He went 1-for-4 with a double in a 5-4 loss to the Angels.
Alvarez was held out of the lineup in Colorado as the Astros are not entirely comfortable with his work in the outfield. It should be clear sailing for Alvarez until the end of the month, when Houston travels to St. Louis for an inter-league series July 26 through July 28. Beyond that, there's a two-game set in Milwaukee at the beginning of September.
Alvarez is not in Wednesday's lineup against the Rockies, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports.
The Astros are finishing up a series in Colorado and Alvarez has not played in the National League park, which serves as a reminder that he lacks the defensive versatility to be reliably deployed whenever the Astros are on the road in an interleague series. He will be back in the mix for this weekend's home series against the Angels.
Alvarez is not starting Tuesday in Colorado, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
Alvarez can't fill his usual designated hitter spot in the National League venue, and he's not expected to play the field at any point during the two-game series, as manager AJ Hinch previously indicated. Alvarez has started four games in left field this season, but a pair of off days likely won't hurt him after he missed time late last week with knee discomfort.
Alvarez went 2-for-3 with a double, three RBI and a walk in Sunday's win over the Mariners.
Alvarez doubled home a pair of runs in the first inning, and he collected his third RBI of the afternoon in the third on a single to right field. The 22-year-old has been impressive in his first 16 big-league contests, hitting .317 with seven homers and 21 RBI, though the Astros appear likely to hold him out of the next two contests in Colorado without a designated hitter slot available.
Alvarez is "unlikely" to play in Houston's next two contests against the Rockies, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
The Astros are heading to Colorado for a brief two-game series, so skipper AJ Hinch doesn't intend to use Alvarez without a designated hitter slot available. He's expected to return to action when the team returns home to face the Angels for a three-game series beginning Friday.
Alvarez (knee) will serve as the Astros' designated hitter and bat fourth Sunday against the Mariners, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
Alvarez's mobility in the field and on the basepaths may be compromised while he manages a sore left knee, but his ability to take batting practice Saturday without incident will allow him to rejoin the lineup in a non-defensive role, though he serves as the DH more than an outfielder even when healthy. The rookie, who had missed the previous two games with the injury, could be limited to DH duty for the next several days, but fantasy managers are likely just relieved he avoided a trip to the injured list.
Alvarez (knee) took pregame batting practice Saturday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Manager AJ Hinch was optimistic about the rookie's prognosis, suggesting Alvarez could be available as a pinch hitter Saturday, but Alvarez did not appear in Houston's 6-5 win over Seattle. "He's better and we're happy with where he's at," Hinch said. "I'm not going to play him until I'm convinced he can move in the batter's box normally and be able to complete a game. We'll evaluate where he's at." If Alvarez can't play in Sunday's series finale against the Mariners, he may not get into a game until Friday. The Astros are on the road in a National League park Tuesday and Wednesday against Colorado, which would force the defensively challenged Alvarez to play the field.
Alvarez (knee) is not in Saturday's lineup against the Mariners, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
He will miss a second game in a row after exiting Thursday's game with knee discomfort. Michael Brantley starts at DH while Jake Marisnick starts in center field, pushing George Springer and Josh Reddick to the outfield corners.
Alvarez (knee) is out of the lineup for Friday's game against the Mariners, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Alvarez exited Thursday's game for precautionary reasons but won't be in the lineup for Friday's series opener. Manager AJ Hinch indicated he might give the 22-year-old a day or two off, so his absence isn't a major surprise. George Springer will serve as the designated hitter while Jake Marisnick starts in center field.
Manager AJ Hinch said Alvarez (knee) was removed from Thursday's game against the Pirates for precautionary reasons, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Alvarez was removed from Thursday's game with left knee discomfort after playing three innings in left field. While it doesn't sound like the young slugger is dealing with anything overly serious, the Astros sent him for tests to be sure, per Rome, while Hinch noted that he would probably give Alvarez a "day or two off" to be safe.
Alvarez left Thursday's game against the Pirates with left knee discomfort, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
He fouled a ball off his knee in Tuesday's game, but was able to finish that game and play Wednesday as the designated hitter. However, three innings in left field Thursday may have aggravated the issue. Tony Kemp replaced him. Alvarez should be considered day-to-day ahead of this weekend's home series against the Mariners.
Alvarez went 2-for-5 with a two-run home run in Sunday's win over the Yankees.
Alvarez singled in the first inning before taking J.A. Happ deep in the fifth inning, ending the southpaw's outing. The home run was the youngster's second in as many games and seventh since joining the Astros on June 9. Through 12 games with the big club, Alvarez is now slashing .333/.429/.813 with 16 RBI.
Alvarez went 2-for-5 with a home run, double, two RBI and a run scored Thursday against the Yankees.
Alvarez took Tommy Kahnle deep in the sixth inning to record his fifth home run of the season. He followed that up with an RBI double in the ninth frame to bring the Astros within four runs. Alvarez has continuously impressed since making his major-league debut June 9, recording at least one hit in seven on his nine starts -- including seven extra-base knocks.
Alvarez is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Reds, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Alvarez drew starts in left field for the first two games of the series in Cincinnati, but the lack of the designated hitter being available will cost him a spot in the lineup in the series finale. Since popping off for four home runs and six walks over his first five big-league starts, Alvarez has gone 2-for-13 with a 0:4 BB:K.
Alvarez is expected to play left field at some point during the Astros' three-game series that begins Monday against the Reds in Cincinnati, David Barron of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Alvarez was back at designated hitter Sunday after a flawless day in the field Saturday, when he made three putouts and handled everything that came his way. He's going to be the primary DH going forward, but manager AJ Hinch downplayed any concerns about Alvarez's ability to play the field. "You come up and predominantly you're going to be a DH, and people confuse that with not being useful in the outfield," the manager said. "He made some nice catches and made a running catch. He looked, I'll even call it graceful for a guy that size." With several regulars out of the lineup, the Astros could use Alvarez's bat, which has produced four home runs in 21 at-bats.
Alvarez went 3-for-4 with a solo home run in a 7-2 victory over the Blue Jays on Saturday.
The 21-year-old couldn't have asked for a better start to his major-league career. He has four home runs in his first five games, and Alvarez has gone 3-for-4 in both of his last two contests. Alvarez is slashing .471/.609/1.176 with eight RBI and eight runs in 23 plate appearances in the bigs.
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