CINCINNATI -- The Pirates' struggling third baseman Pedro Alvarez was given another day off on Tuesday. And Bucs manager Clint Hurdle said it might not be the last.
"We had a little chat today," said Hurdle before Tuesday's series opener in Cincinnati. "He went out and hit early. This would be the second day [with Monday's off-day]. I would anticipate there being another day."
Alvarez, who's batting .194, is hitless in his past 18 at-bats. He has 60 strikeouts in 160 at-bats, and is batting just .138 in his last 25 games.