Posted by: bhyman | February 27, 2008

Alvarez Out At Least Six Weeks with Broken Hand

Vanderbilt third baseman Pedro Alvarez broke a bone in his hand on Friday and will miss at least six weeks, Baseball America reports.  Alvarez, the consensus No. 1 overall draft pick, broke the bone during the first at-bat of the team’s first game against Oregon State.

“This is an unfortunate situation for Pedro,” Vanderbilt coach Tim Corbin said in a statement. “Obviously we will miss having him in the lineup and in the field. He is a special player that can’t be replaced. This is the kind of injury you don’t rush back from and we hope to have him back at full strength later in the season.”

If Alvarez regresses in his junior season, it may open the door for the Tampa Bay Rays to select Griffin High School shortstop Tim Beckham as the first overall selection.  The Rays may also consider San Diego left-handed pitcher Brian Matusz, Holt High right-handed pitcher Tim Melville and Missouri right-handed pitcher Aaron Crow.

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