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.