Pedro Alvarez diagnosed with stress reaction in foot, possibly ending his Pirates career

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Earlier this week the Pirates expressed concern over Pedro Alvarez’s foot injury because it had “stopped improving” and today they announced that the third baseman has a stress reaction in the fourth metatarsal of his left foot.

That typically has a 4-6 week recovery timetable, so Alvarez’s season is over and he’s unlikely to be ready for the playoffs even if the Pirates make a deep October run. Of course, healthy or not his role was in question after throwing problems got him benched at third base.

Alvarez is under team control for 2015 and 2016 via arbitration, but given his $4.25 million salary this season combined with the throwing problems and underwhelming offensive production this could signal the end of his Pirates career. They don’t trust him at third base and can probably do better–or at least cheaper–at first base.

Selected by Pittsburgh with the second overall pick in the 2008 draft out of Vanderbilt, he debuted in 2010 as a 23-year-old and has hit .235 with 104 homers and a .742 OPS in 592 games while striking out 678 times compared to 211 walks.

Cards’ Yadier Molina says he tested positive for COVID-19

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St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina says he’s one of the players on the team who tested positive for COVID-19.

The nine-time All-Star revealed his results Tuesday in a Spanish-language Instagram post. Soon afterward, the Cardinals issued a release naming six of the players who have tested positive.

The others are infielders Paul DeJong, Edmundo Sosa and Rangel Ravelo along with pitchers Junior Fernandez and Kodi Whitley.

“I am saddened to have tested positive for COVID-19, even after adhering to safety guidelines that were put in place,” Molina said in a release issued by the team. “I will do everything within my power to return as soon as possible for Cardinals fans, the city of St. Louis and my teammates.”

Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said Monday that seven players and six staff members had tested positive. At the time, Mozeliak said the people to test positive hadn’t been identified publicly because they had declined to have their names released.

The Cardinals said Tuesday that six players had decided to grant permission to have their names revealed.

“I will approach my healing as I do all other things in my life – with education, commitment, and persistence. I look forward to re-joining the team soon and ask that you respect my privacy at this time,” DeJong said in a statement released by the team.

The outbreak resulted in the postponement of the Cardinals’ scheduled three-game weekend series at Milwaukee as well as a four-game series with Detroit that was supposed to run Monday through Thursday. The Cardinals have played just five games this season and are hoping to return to action Friday hosting the Chicago Cubs.

As of now, the Cardinals who have tested positive have returned home while the rest of the team remains isolated in Milwaukee hotel rooms. Their last game was July 29 at Minnesota.

Mozeliak said Monday that five of the 13 overall members of the Cardinals’ traveling party to test positive were asymptomatic. The other eight had minor symptoms including headaches, coughs, sniffles and low-grade fevers. Mozeliak said none of the eight had required hospitalization.

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