Dodgers Roster: Eddy Alvarez Designated For Assignment

Eddy Alvarez was designated for assignment in order to make room for Heath Hembree on the Los Angeles Dodgers 40-man roster. The Dodgers added Hembree and Jake Reed to their active roster prior to Tuesday’s series opener against New York Mets.

Phil Bickford and Michael Grove were optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City as the corresponding moves.

Alvarez is now passing through waivers and figures to be a candidate to get claimed by another club. The 32-year-old signed a Minor League contract with the Dodgers last November and was among their non-roster invitees to 2022 Spring Training.

Alvarez joined the Dodgers in June when Edwin Ríos was placed on the 10-day injured list because of a right hamstring strain. He was with the team until getting optioned to Oklahoma City on July 3 once Mookie Betts was activated off the 10-day IL.

While up with the Dodgers, Alvarez appeared in 14 games (nine starts) and went 4-for-25 with three RBI and nine strikeouts. He spent time at third base, shortstop and both corner outfield positions. Alvarez embraced learning right field on the fly and remained committed to improve after a particularly rough showing during a loss to the Cleveland Guardians.

During his time with Oklahoma City, Alvarez batted .322/.439/.554 with nine doubles, eight home runs and 29 RBI over 47 games. Alvarez went 9-for-19 with three homers and seven RBI in five games after returning to OKC in July.

However, he was placed on the seven-day Minor League injured list July 13 and didn’t appear in another game.

Eddy Alvarez made history in Olympics

While Alvarez had committed to baseball over recent years, his background included being one of just six athletes win medals in different sports at both the Summer and Winter Olympics. Alvarez played baseball for Team USA last year and earned a silver medal, and he previously took home silver as part of the U.S. 5000m relay speed-skating team at the 2014 Winter Games.

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