Free agent right-hander Henderson Alvarez could be ready to return to the mound in May, according to FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman.
The 26-year-old hurler signed a one-year contract with the Athletics prior to the 2016 season, but never suited up for the big league team due to an ongoing recovery from arthroscopic shoulder surgery in mid-2015. He was outrighted from the club in October after undergoing a bicep tenodesis procedure and excision of a boney exotosis in his right shoulder (via the San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser).
Now, Heyman reports, multiple teams have requested medicals on the righty, who is expected to be game-ready in 2017. During his last healthy season in 2014, Alvarez posted a 2.65 ERA, 1.6 BB/9 and 5.3 SO/9 in 187 innings for the Marlins, earning his first career All-Star nomination and placing 12th among NL Cy Young candidates. Over five seasons in the majors, he carries a 3.80 ERA, 2.1 BB/9 and 4.7 SO/9 in multi-year stints with the Blue Jays and Marlins.