TORONTO -- Third baseman Pedro Alvarez has resumed game activities and is taking steps toward being ready to return off the disabled list in July.
Alvarez began his Minor League rehab assignment on Monday, played third and went 0-for-1 in a rain-shortened Gulf Coast League game. His rehab work has now been transferred to Class A Bradenton, where Alvarez was expected to be in the lineup on Tuesday.
The Pirates have not laid out a specific timetable for Alvarez's return, though the third baseman is expected to spend a decent amount of time in the Minors after having taken very few swings and getting little repetition at third since going on the DL on May 21.
A position player can remain on a rehab assignment for up to 20 days. That means the Pirates could stall Alvarez's return until after the All-Star Break if the club wants. In the meantime, Chase d'Arnaud and Josh Harrison are expected to split the bulk of the playing time at third.