The Astros hope to have Alvarez (knee) play left field more frequently this season than he did as a rookie, Jake Kaplan of The Athletic reports.
Heading into the 2020 season, Alvarez will likely only be eligible as a utility player in most fantasy leagues after logging 74 appearances as a designated hitter in 2019 and only 10 in the outfield. The slugging 22-year-old is still expected to slot in as the Astros' primary DH in his sophomore campaign, but Alvarez could still see a boost in his field work on the occasions manager Dusty Baker wants to give veteran corner outfielders MIchael Brantley and/or Josh Reddick a breather. Before MLB suspended its season March 12, Alvarez had been sidelined with soreness in both knees, but he's expected to be healthy once baseball resumes in mid-May or later.
Alvarez (knee) won't play Wednesday as previously scheduled, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Manager Dusty Baker said Tuesday that he was unsure when Alvarez would return or if he'd be ready for Opening Day. The young slugger has been dealing with knee soreness for a week, though the Astros originally didn't sound particularly concerned. If Alvarez does miss time at the start of the season, that could open up at-bats for Kyle Tucker, who is currently stuck as the team's fourth outfielder.
Manager Dusty Baker said Monday that he hopes Alvarez (knee) will be able to return to game action Wednesday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Alvarez has been shut down since last Wednesday with knee soreness, but he's on track to resume full activity Monday ahead of a likely return to a role in the starting lineup. The 22-year-old's absence is unlikely to affect his availability for Opening Day and he's expected to play a prominent role for the Astros after making his major-league debut in 2019.
Manager Dusty Baker said Wednesday that Alvarez will be withheld from baseball activities for "three to four days" while the slugger manages knee soreness, Matt Young of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Alvarez's shutdown seems to be precautionary more than anything, but until he re-enters the Astros' Grapefruit League lineup, his status will be one worth tracking. Alvarez is expected to occupy a spot in the heart of the Houston lineup in 2020 after an exceptional rookie campaign in which he posted a .412 on-base percentage, 27 home runs and 78 RBI in just 87 games with the big club.
Alvarez's removal from the lineup for Tuesday's game against St. Louis was due to soreness in his knees, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Manager Dusty Baker didn't sound particularly concerned, calling the lineup change precautionary. It sounds as though Alvarez is expected to be fine by Opening Day, though that won't be entirely clear until he returns to the lineup.
Alvarez was scratched from the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Cardinals for undisclosed reasons, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
If the young slugger is dealing with an injury, that should be revealed at manager Dusty Baker's upcoming press conference. Alvarez is looking to build on his incredible rookie season, which saw him win Rookie of the Year despite playing in just 87 games. He hit .313/.412/.655 with 27 homers.
Alvarez was unanimously named the 2019 American League Rookie of the Year on Monday, Julia Morales of AT&T SportsNet Southwest reports.
Upon being promoted in June, Alvarez took the league by storm, slashing .313/.412/.655 with 27 home runs and 78 RBI over 87 games. The 22-year-old slugger is expected to remain a fixture in Houston's lineup for years to come.
Alvarez remains on the bench for Game 4 of the World Series in Washington on Saturday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Alvarez remains limited to pinch-hit duty under National League rules. It's still possible he gets a shot in left field for Game 5.
Alvarez will sit for Game 3 of the World Series in Washington on Friday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
The designated hitter hit well in the first two games of the series, going 3-for-6 with a pair of walks. Despite that performance, the Astros are seemingly unwilling to risk his shaky defense in the National League park.
Alvarez will bat seventh as the designated hitter for Game 1 of the World Series against the Nationals on Tuesday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
The young slugger has been quite poor in the playoffs, hitting .171/.227/.244 over 44 plate appearances. The Astros will trust the rookie's much longer sample of 369 plate appearances in the regular season, however, in which he hit .313/.412/.655.
Alvarez went 0-for-4 with a walk and two strikeouts Sunday in the Astros' 8-5 win over the Angels.
Alvarez will head into the postseason in a bit of a rut, as he failed to record a hit in 11 at-bats during the four-game series with the Angels while striking out seven times. The slump does little to diminish what was a banner rookie campaign for the 22-year-old, who slashed .313/.412/.655 with 53 extra-base hits in only 87 games. Following his June 9 callup, Alvarez's 1.067 OPS matched Alex Bregman for the team lead and trailed only three other hitters in baseball (Ketel Marte, Nelson Cruz and Mike Trout).
Alvarez isn't in the starting lineup for Thursday's game against Los Angeles, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Alvarez will head to the bench with the playoffs right around the corner. Alex Bregman is set to serve as the designated hitter and will bat third.
Alvarez is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Mariners, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
He is hitting .348 with six home runs, nine walks and 18 strikeouts in 18 games this month. Michael Brantley starts at designated hitter while Kyle Tucker starts in left field.
Alvarez went 4-for-4 with two doubles and a run scored in Sunday's 13-5 win over the Angels.
It was Alvarez's second four-hit performance this month, but oddly enough, he somehow didn't drive in a run Sunday. Still, he boosted his season OPS to 1.103 with 52 extra-base hits and 77 RBI over 351 plate appearances.
Alvarez launched a pinch-hit, three-run home run in Saturday's 6-1 win over the Royals.
While he didn't get the start, Alvarez still had an impact, breaking open a 2-1 game with his eighth-inning blast. He already holds the Astros' franchise rookie record for homers in a season with 25 (and counting), and he needs just two more in Houston's final 12 games to reach 50 on the season between his exploits at Triple-A and in the majors.
Alvarez is not in Saturday's lineup against the Royals, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
He is hitting .302/.400/.605 with three home runs in 11 games this month. Michael Brantley will be the designated hitter while Kyle Tucker gets a start in left field.
Alvarez went 2-for-5 with two home runs in a 15-0 win over the Athletics on Monday.
Alvarez hit two solo home runs in his first two at-bats to give him 24 on the season. The second home run had a 113.5 MPH exit velocity with a 36-degree launch angle and landed in the upper deck in right field at Minute Maid Park. Alvarez set the franchise record for rookie home runs in a season with the first blast, playing in only 71 games. Alvarez has a .316/.409/.673 slash line in 308 plate appearances.
Alvarez went 4-for-6 with three doubles, six RBI and a run scored in Sunday's 21-1 win over Seattle.
Alvarez's remarkable rookie season continues unabated. He's slugging .655 with a 1.064 OPS while knocking in 70 runs over 70 games. He's unlikely to meet the minimum number of plate appearances to qualify as a leader in batting categories, but Alvarez ranks second in slugging and third in OPS among players with at least 300 plate appearances.
Alvarez is not starting Tuesday against the Brewers, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
With the series taking place in Milwaukee, Alvarez got the start in left field Monday, but he won't have a spot in Tuesday's lineup. The Astros will be happy to have no more interleague games remaining on the schedule, as Alvarez owns an incredible .317/.413/.671 slash line in his first 66 career big-league games.
Alvarez went 3-for-5 with a double, two home runs, three runs scored and four RBI in Tuesday's 15-1 rout of the Rays.
The rookie launched a three-run shot off Andrew Kittredge in the fifth inning, then added a solo shot in the seventh off Michael Brosseau after Tampa had thrown in the towel by using position players on the mound. Alvarez is slashing an eye-popping .329/.420/.703 through his first 60 big-league games with 21 homers and 62 RBI.
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