Feb. 27, 2008


Alvarez to miss four to six weeks


Vanderbilt All-American third baseman Pedro Alvarez will miss four to six
weeks with a broken hamate bone in his right hand, Commodores coach Tim
Corbin confirmed late Tuesday night.

Alvarez, who hit .368 with 18 homers and 68 RBI a year ago, injured his hand
in Vandy's Opening Day win over Oregon State at the DeMarini Invitational in
Tempe, Ariz. Alvarez sat out the final two games of the weekend against
Arizona State and Miami (Ohio), with Andrew Giobbi starting in his place.

After the 4-3 win over the RedHawks, Corbin said in a postgame interview
posted on the Commodores' Web site: "We'd rather take it slow now than screw
him up for a month or so. I don't think there's any ligament damage, but he
doesn't have any grip-strength, and he can't throw the ball. That makes it
tough to play baseball."