Top Angels pitching prospect R.J. Alvarez sidelined by elbow injury

Angels prospect R.J. Alvarez will have an MRI exm because of tenderness in his elbow

Reliever R.J. Alvarez, one of the Angels’ top pitching prospects, was placed on the seven-day disabled list because of elbow tenderness and returned to Anaheim for a precautionary evaluation and an MRI test, General Manager Jerry Dipoto said Wednesday.

Alvarez, who combines a fastball that sits in the 97-mph range and occasionally touches 100 mph with a power slider, has not given up a run in 19 innings at double-A Arkansas this season, striking out 28 and walking five.

“He’s always had dominant, swing-and-miss stuff,” Dipoto said this month. “Now he’s combining that with better strike throwing.”

Alvarez, a 6-foot-2, 215-pound right-hander who was a third-round pick out of Florida Atlantic University in 2012, appears to be on the fast track to the big leagues. Dipoto said that Alvarez and fellow double-A reliever Cam Bedrosian, both 22, could pitch in the big leagues this season.

 “Once you get to double A and you’re doing what they’re doing, you’re a phone call away,” Dipoto said. “They’re doing it against high-level professional hitters. I feel like both can help sooner rather than later.”

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