After somewhat unexpectedly showing up to Camelback Ranch last week, the status of right-handed pitcher Yadier Alvarez continues to be up in the air. The Cuban-born hurler’s arrival to camp was unexpected since he missed much of the 2019 season after being placed on the restricted list for attendance issues.
He remains on the restricted list and unable to participate in baseball activities on the field until the club adds him back to the 40-man roster.
Ken Gurnick of mlb.com reported on what comes next for Alvarez.
Andrew Friedman said former top pitching prospect Yadier Alvarez is still on the restricted list, but might throw a bullpen session tomorrow. At the end of a 30-day ramp-up, the club will decide whether to activate him.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) February 19, 2020
It’s unknown as what kind of playing shape he’s in, but it seems that if there’s a 30-day ramp-up, chances are he’s not exactly game ready. Or the club could be buying itself some time to see how the roster shakes out after a handful of spring training games over the next month.
Alvarez added more context to his past issues.
Yadier Álvarez, former top prospect, spoke to reporters. He has had discipline issues during his unproductive four-season tenure with the Dodgers. He said several times the has been “acting like a child” and resolved to act more professionally. A psychologist helped him, he said.
— Pedro Moura (@pedromoura) February 19, 2020
There are currently 62 players in major league camp for the Dodgers, so understandably things are a little crowded.
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Last spring training, the organization worked with Alvarez on reconstructing his mechanics and getting him on a better line towards home plate on his delivery. The flame-thrower possesses a 99-mph fastball but command issues have limited him in his professional career.
Just another small storyline to keep an eye on at Camelback Ranch this year.