By: Mike Vukovcan

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez suffered a setback while on rehab for his injured quad.

Alvarez was forced to exit an extended spring training game because of continuing tightness in his right quad.

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Pirates manager Clint Hurdle says that Alvarez will spend the next week just undergoing treatment for the injury. Alvarez will not play in any games for the foreseeable future.

The Pirates first round pick had been playing in extended spring games for about a week and all signs pointed to him joining a farm team soon.

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The injury initially surfaced during a May 3 game against San Diego.

With this setback and the injury to Steve Pearce, Hurdle will be forced to continue the platoon of Josh Harrison and Brandon Wood.

I’d like to see GM Neal Huntington go out and look to acquire a third baseman. It would nice to see the Pirates be aggressive and attempt to fix a weakness.

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This season, Pirates third baseman have combined to hit just .212 with four homers and 29 RBIs in the team’s first 60 games.