The wait is over, Alvarez will make his debut
The Astros are calling up Yordan Alvarez
After a highly anticipated start to the season, the move is finally happening: Yordan Alvarez is coming to the show. The transaction is expected to take place ahead of tomorrow's series finale with Baltimore here in Houston. It's not yet clear when Alvarez will make his MLB debut. The news was first reported by Jake Kaplan of the Athletic:
The Astros are calling up Yordan Alvarez from Triple A ahead of tomorrow's game, sources tell The Athletic.
— Jake Kaplan (@jakemkaplan) June 9, 2019
Alvarez has been absolutely tearing it up at the AAA level for the Round Rock Express, leading the minors in home runs (23) and RBIs (71) over 56 games so far this season. He's currently hitting at a .343 average and 1.184 OPS. I appears the possible corresponding move of Lance McCullers Jr. to the 60-Day IL will make the roster spot open:
The Astros can transfer Lance McCullers Jr. to the 60-day IL to make room for Yordan Alvarez on the 40-man roster.
— Chandler Rome (@Chandler_Rome) June 9, 2019
This move comes while the Astros continue to play without three of their biggest offensive weapons with George Springer, Carlos Correa, and 2017 MVP Jose Altuve all sidelined with injuries on the IL.
Alvarez will likely assume the DH position though could play in the outfield if needed. Stay tuned to tomorrow's Astros daily report to see if Alvarez makes his debut on Sunday.