Austin Meadows has been dealing with a hamstring injury, which has kept him out of practice for the last few days. Meadows told me he hurt the hamstring rounding first base while doing running drills.
The outfielder was sitting out of practice today, and there is no timetable for his return. As of right now he is being held back as a precaution early in camp.
Meadows is one of the big breakout candidates in the Pirates’ system. He was the ninth overall pick in the 2013 draft, and one of the top 50 prospects in a lot of lists. He’s likely to start the year in West Virginia, and with a good 2014 season he could propel himself closer to the top ten prospects in the game by this time next year.