"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.
Casey McGehee started at third base on Tuesday.