Baltimore, Alvarez reach deal
Another long offseason without a home is ending for Pedro Alvarez after the slugger reached an agreement Saturday to rejoin the Baltimore Orioles, though this year it’s on a minor league deal.
According to an industry source, the agreement is pending medical review.
Alvarez, who hit 22 home runs while batting .249 with a .322 onbase percentage and .504 slugging percentage a season ago with the Orioles as a platoon designated hitter, will rejoin an organization that benefited greatly from his bat in 2016 but doesn’t have an immediate fit for him this year.
Last year, the Orioles and Alvarez reached a deal March 7, bringing him into a crowded corner infield mix after he was non-tendered by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
His agreement this year is full of performance incentives and worth a base salary of $2 million if he makes the majors. — Baltimore Sun
RED SOX: Left-hander David Price took a first step in his recovery from a sore elbow ahead of schedule, throwing into a net in a batting cage.
Manager John Farrell said Price made 25 easy tosses before Boston’s split-squad game against the Rays.
Price is still a ways away from pitching off a mound.
BLUE JAYS: Reliever T.J. House was released from a hospital, one day after he was hit on the head by a line drive during a spring training game.
House was taken off the field in an ambulance Friday. He was struck in the ninth inning of a game against the Detroit Tigers and taken to Lakeland (Fla.) Regional Medical Center. Test results were normal, and he was held overnight for observation, according to the Blue Jays.
PIRATES: Pittsburgh placed infielder Jung Ho Kang on the restricted list while he is delayed in South Korea by visa issues related to a recent DUI arrest.
While on the restricted list, Kang does not count against the 40-man roster or the 25-man active roster.
Kang received an eight-month suspended prison sentence last week after a DUI arrest in December, his third in South Korea. The sentence was suspended for two years.
RANGERS: After missing the first 13 games of spring training while recovering from sports hernia surgery in November, Elvis Andrus returned to shortstop for Texas, playing four innings without a fielding chance and going 0 for 3 in a split-squad game against the Chicago White Sox in Surprise, Ariz.
DODGERS: Hyun-Jin Ryu took a big step in his long comeback from a left shoulder injury.
A member of the Los Angeles starting rotation before surgery in May 2015, Ryu struck out two in two scoreless innings against the Los Angeles Angels in his first exhibition outing this year in Glendale, Ariz.
Ryu has pitched in only one regular season game since his surgery two years ago.
He allowed one hit, struck out two and walked none.