Pedro Alvarez optioned to Triple-A

Updated: July 9, 2011, 5:40 PM ET
Associated Press

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Pirates activated slugging third baseman Pedro Alvarez from the disabled list on Saturday and immediately optioned him to Triple-A Indianapolis.

Alvarez, the 2008 No. 2 overall draft pick who was in his first full major league season, had been on the disabled list since May 20 with a right quadriceps strain.

"Pedro remains a big part of our future," general manager Neal Huntington said, "but we believe making this move is the best way to get him back on ...

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