Pedro Alvarez’s foot injury “has stopped improving”

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Pedro Alvarez’s throwing problems caused the Pirates to stop playing him at third base and now a foot injury is keeping him from playing, period.

Alvarez has appeared just once, as a pinch-hitter, since injuring his foot on August 26 and general manager Neal Huntington told Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette that the injury “has stopped improving.”

Because the Pirates had already given up on Alvarez playing any third base down the stretch and because Ike Davis is arguably a superior option at first base anyway his playing time would have been limited regardless of the foot injury.

Alvarez has big-time power, but he’s hit just .231 with a .717 OPS, which is lower than Davis’ mark this season and includes a vastly inferior on-base percentage.

Yankees designate Kendrys Morales for assignment

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The New York Yankees have designated Kendrys Morales for assignment.

Morales, 36, hit just .177/.320/.242 with one homer over 19 games with New York. This after he had a disastrous run with the A’s to start the 2019 season, hitting a mere .204/.310/.259 with a lone home run and seven RBI in 126 trips to the plate. Now that Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton are back there’s no room for him anyway, so it kind of doesn’t matter.

Morales had a solid year for the Blue Jays last season, posting a .769 OPS with 21 homers across 130 games, but it’s hard to see him catching on anyplace right now. Indeed, it may be the end of the line for the 13-year veteran.