Henderson Alvarez, Dr. James Andrews

Updated: Henderson Alvarez to see Dr. James Andrews

Update: May 27, 2016

I’m a little late in updating this post but the good news for the A’s is that Dr. Andrews did not find any abnormalities in Alvarez’s MRI. He was cleared to start playing catch again on May 23rd. Hopefully Alvarez will be back in the near future. With Sonny Gray on the disabled list and the rest of the rotation, with the exception of Rich Hill, struggling, Alvarez would be a welcome and helpful addition to the A’s rotation. Alvarez was a All-Star in 2014 with the Miami Marlins before having to have shoulder surgery. His shoulder soreness, that necessitated the MRI, may just be from getting back into the game. The sooner the A’s can see if Alvarez could be a good addition to the rotation the better.

Alvarez to see infamous orthopedic surgeon

The Oakland Athletics had hoped that Henderson Alvarez would soon be joining their struggling starting rotation, unfortunately, he suffered a set back. 

During his last rehab outing prior to returning to the big leagues and would’ve been joining the A’s rotation for the first time. He was signed to a one-year, $1 million deal during the offseason, while recovering from arthroscopic shoulder surgery. 

With his recovery nearly complete he felt some shoulder soreness during his most recent start and received an MRI. The results of the MRI were inconclusive. He will now seek a different opinion from Dr. James Andrews.

While for pitchers (and some position players, like Baltimore Orioles’ catcher Matt Wieters) going to Dr. Andrews for a second opinion isn’t necessarily the kiss of death for Alvarez.

Pitchers usually see the infamous orthopedic surgeon when they have a tear in their ulnar collateral ligament , which is in the elbow, while Alvarez’s issues is simple shoulder soreness.

Alvarez, Dr. James Andrews
Henderson Alvarez. Josie Lepe/Bay Area News Group.

Because the MRI was inconclusive and the A’s don’t want to take any chances with the 26-year-old, 2014 All-Star and former Miami Marlin, he’ll now be seen by the famed Tommy John surgeon. 

Manager Bob Melvin said that because the MRI didn’t immediately reveal anything alarming that it, 


“does give you some optimism.”

And thankfully for Oakland he is right.

Alvarez played catch on Wednesday, according to Melvin without pain but there is no current timetable for Alvarez to pitch off the mound, in a game or for a bullpen session, despite his being able to play catch. 

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