Injury Updates: Harold Ramirez, Connor Joe, Barrett Barnes, Austin Coley

The 2014 season has been the year of the injury for the Pittsburgh Pirates minor league system. Here are the latest updates on four notable prospects who have gone down this month with injuries.

**Harold Ramirez has been out with a stress reaction in his shin. He has been out since July 1st. Earlier in the year he missed a little over a month with a hamstring injury.

**Connor Joe, who was taken with the number 39 pick this year, has yet to play a game. He went to Jamestown, then suffered a back strain, and has been rehabbing in the mornings in Bradenton.

**Barrett Barnes has dealt with a lot of hamstring injuries over the last few years, and returned from his most recent one on July 12th. He last played on July 21st for Bradenton, and is now out with an oblique strain. The good news is that it’s not another leg injury, but the bad news is that he’ll miss more time.

**Austin Coley, drafted in the ninth round this year, is out with a shoulder strain. Coley only made two starts with Jamestown. The first outing saw him give up six runs on four hits and two walks in 1.2 innings. The next start he gave up one run on four hits in three innings.

There is currently no ETA on when these four will return.

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  • Bill Kline

    How has our other 2012 draft picks been? Guys like Mathisen, sandfort and Sampson? They may be the top picks form that year if Barnes don’t turn it around soon and stay healthy.

    • stickyweb

      Well, they did get Meadows the next year for not signing Appel (which looks like a God-send BTW) and he’s looked pretty good so far too.

    • freddylang

      Sandfort was awful in his first few starts but was decent in his last. Mathisen is hurt too but played decently this year after moving to 3B. Sampson has had a breakthrough season. No catastrophic injuries for Barnes but so many pains and strains. He’s a muscled up guy. Is he too bulked up maybe? Sometimes these kids need to find a regimen that works for them and then they learn how to keep from breaking down as much. I don’t know. You can only hope. Barnes is just looking like one of those guys that will always be banged up…obviously.

  • emjayinTN

    Conner Joe – a mystery when drafted and the mystery continues.

  • Lee Young

    When he is released, we will say: “Barret Barnes, we hardly knew ye.”

    • piratemike

      I knew Barett Barnes and he is no John Kennedy !