PITTSBURGH (KDKA/AP) — Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez has been activated off the disabled list, but he’s not coming back to Pittsburgh, at least not now.

Instead, Alvarez was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis.

Alvarez was hitting .208 with two home runs and 10 RBIs in 36 games this season after hitting 16 home runs in 347 at bats as a rookie last season.

Pirates’ general manager Neal Huntington released this statement on the move: “Pedro remains a big part of our future, but we believe making this move is the best way to get him back on track offensively and defensively so that he can help us win games at the Major League level.”

Alvarez had been on the disabled list since May 20 with a right quadriceps strain.

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