Colin Dunlap of the Post Gazette confirmed today's rumor de jour that Pedro Alvarez is going on the DL for his quad tightness. Pedro first suffered the injury a couple of weeks ago, and rather than let it continue to nag him, the Bucs decided to shut El Toro down for awhile and as a secondary benefit, get him some extra cage time.
Pedro Ciriaco is on his way to Pittsburgh from Scranton to take his spot. Ciriaco hit .281 at Indy last year and was 3-for-6 in September for the big club, but is hitting just .190 this year at Indy. He's a free swinger that rarely walks, but a plus gloveman and runs well.
EDIT - it may be a premature announcement; Jen Langosh of MLB.com says the move isn't kosher yet; the timing of the official designation probably depends on whether Ciriaco can get to town quickly enough to dress for tonight's game.
And as she reports, the FO once again went out of their way with the smoke and mirrors for what should have been a straightforward announcement. Geez, they must think they're in the NHL (or Little League)!
FINAL EDIT - He was put on the DL a little before six tonight.