Vandy's Alvarez banged up
Vanderbilt picked up two wins at the DeMarini Invitational over
the weekend but left Tempe, Ariz., holding its breath.
All-world third baseman Pedro Alvarez missed games against
Arizona State and Miami (Ohio) with an injury to his right
wrist. Reached late Monday night, coach Tim Corbin did not have
an update and he expected to find out more on Tuesday.
In a postgame interview posted on the Commodores' Web site after
a 4-3 win over the RedHawks, Corbin said, "We're going to hold
him out here for a while," adding that Alvarez was supposed to
see a hand specialist Monday "to see what the story is."
Corbin went on to say in the interview: "We'd rather take it
slow now than screw him up for a month or so. I don't think
there's any ligament damage, but he doesn't have any
grip-strength, and he can't throw the ball. That makes it tough
to play baseball."
Alvarez, regarded by many as the best hitter in college
baseball, hit .368 with 18 homers and 68 RBI a year ago. Andrew
Giobbi started in his place.