Bal­ti­more, Al­varez reach deal

The Washington Post Sunday - - BASEBALL -

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.

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