Alvarez, 26, isn’t on the 40-man roster, but there are three open spots. Selecting his contract isn’t complicated.
I don’t know whether a reliever is being optioned from the eight-man bullpen or if there’s an undisclosed injury. I don’t know whether Alvarez is being added today or placed on the taxi squad. But he’s apparently joining the Orioles.
I’ll have more information once I actually leave my hotel room.
Catcher Steve Clevenger is coming off the paternity list on Friday, necessitating a second move.
Alvarez is batting .275/.305/.424 with 24 doubles, two triples, 16 home runs and 72 RBIs in 130 games with Norfolk. He would join Henry Urrutia as the second Cuban-born player on the roster.
Alvarez has a plus-arm in right field that’s intrigued the Orioles since they signed him to an $800,000 bonus in July 2013.
Meanwhile, it’s raining in Kansas City. I just heard thunder. Our streak of perfect weather has ended.
Update: Alvarez will not be joining the Orioles in Kansas City for the series finale.