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Friday, December 2, 2022

Pedro Alvarez Out 4-6 Weeks With Foot Injury

According to the Pittsburgh Pirates, third baseman Pedro Alvarez will miss 4-6 weeks with a stress reaction of the fourth metatarsal on his left foot. The recovery time for that particular injury guarantees that he will be out for the rest of the regular season and the team would need to advance well into the playoffs for him to be an option. Effectively, the injury ends his season as he hasn’t played since August 26th, except for one pinch-hit at-bat last Friday, so he probably wouldn’t be up to game speed when he is healthy.

UPDATE 7:04 PM: From Tim Williams…

I wrote a few weeks ago that Pedro Alvarez shouldn’t be starting over Ike Davis. I still think that’s the case. Alvarez did heat up a bit before he went out, but that just put him tied with Davis, with Alvarez having the slight edge. Not having Alvarez really doesn’t hurt the Pirates’ offense much.

Where this does hurt the Pirates is from a depth perspective at third base. Alvarez has struggled at third this year, and that blow has been softened by the emergence of Josh Harrison. But as we saw this week, if Harrison goes down, the Pirates are now stuck with Brent Morel as their starting third baseman. If Ike Davis goes down, things might be a little better with Andrew Lambo at first base, but you’d want Alvarez’s power potential there, even if that potential hasn’t come through much this year.

Hopefully this won’t hurt the Pirates, and by that I mean, hopefully the Pirates won’t have an injury where they would have needed Alvarez to step up.

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Tom Brenholts

Clint Barmes could play 3rd, couldn’t he?


Gaby has also played some 3b and has taken balls there in practice recently. And really, does anyone actually want Pedro at 3b even in an emergency at this point with so much on the line?

And Ike better start taking the bat off his shoulders. Really getting tired of him passing on first pitch meatballs and then taking close third strikes only to argue with the ump about it.

Sean Epstein

Yeah but is that an upgrade over Morel? Probably a wash. Both give nothing with the bat and are solely in the league because of their gloves.

Ron Loreski

Yes, Barmes is definitely an upgrade over Morel. Brent Morel shouldn’t be on any teams 25 man roster.

Andy Prough

Barmes has had a relatively good year with the lumber during the few times he’s been healthy. Compared to some of his hideous past seasons anyway. His .314 OBP this year is about the most I could ever expect from him.


I have had plenty of experience with that type of injury. It’s very painful. He’ll need to use arch supports and tape up his foot to play after it’s healed.

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