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.