Henderson Alvarez hopes to be active in the MLB once again after signing a one-year contract with the Oakland Athletics last December. However, that return might be delayed after he experienced shoulder pain while throwing warm-up pitches. The A’s hope to have him be part of their rotation soon.
According to ESPN, Alvarez has just finished rehab for his shoulder. Last July, he underwent surgery for it that effectively ended the season for him. So far, he hasn’t been active in the league this season though the A’s were hoping to have him be in their rotation. With the latest setback though that might have to be postponed.
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“I really do feel for him,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. He said that just when they were set to have him for their plays, the setback happened. This was not the first time that it happened, SF Gate reports. Last month, he was also to be active but shoulder soreness forced him to cancel it. The continued shoulder pain might cause more concern for the team as it’s needed for his pitching.
Reports say that he might have to see Dr. James Andrews again. He also performed the surgery on his shoulder last year. Whether he would have to need more time for rehab would be known soon.
As it is the A’s are having problems with their line-up. With a number of their players on the injury list the team will have to cope with what they have. Six of their starters are currently on the injured list, notes CSN Bay Area. Three of them are doubtful for the season. Three more including Alvarez are hoped to be on the field sometime soon. Alvarez has been scheduled to play next week before the setback occurred.
Last season with the Miami Marlins he had been 0-4 after four starts. He wasn’t active with them though as he had been on their disabled list twice, including the season-ending surgery. The Marlins opted not to get him before the A’s signed him up for the 2016 season.
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