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Heredia has struggled against Hickory this year(Photo Credit: Nick Scala)

Luis Heredia Placed on the West Virginia DL

Luis Heredia has been placed on the West Virginia disabled list, per a West Virginia press release. Heredia left his last start after throwing one pitch, leaving with right shoulder discomfort. Last night a West Virginia coach said that it wasn’t major, and that he was experiencing soreness.

Elbow injuries and Tommy John surgery get the most attention, but those are pretty standard, and not a big deal in the long-term. Shoulder injuries are the real career killer, so any type of shoulder discomfort comes with concern. I received several reports from the game saying that Heredia didn’t have any velocity on his warm-up pitches, which is another concern. Hopefully this is a case where the Pirates are being extra cautious after Heredia experienced discomfort.

Brett McKinney has been added to the roster to replace Heredia.

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  • Lee Young

    I hope he comes back of course, but this might be a cautionary tale of spending too much money on these Latin guys. It seems we do better with the ‘cheap’ ones?

  • johndw28

    This could be nothing but my gut is telling me Heredia will be one of those guys you barely remember 5 years ago- just doesn’t seem like he’s going to be taking the next step anytime soon.

    • leowalter

      I know I didn’t remember the kid 5 years ago, that’s for sure.

    • BuccosFanStuckinMD

      He is awfully young to make that kind of long-term prognosis, but its understandable why some may feel that way. All prospects are long shots to make it to the majors, let alone be a significant contributor over an extended period at that level. Add in the fact this kid’s physical conditioning (poor) at such a young age, the fact that he has seemingly stagnated over the past year in terms of his development, and now this shoulder issue. I hope it is minor as the company line goes, but for him to have shoulder soreness – when he is so young and this early in the season, does not seem to bode well.

  • bmcferren

    wouldn’t it be our luck that our top 20 prospects get hurt one year after we break a streak of 20+ losing seasons…

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