The Pittsburgh Pirates have placed Bradenton left-handed pitcher Taylor Hearn on the disabled list with a strained right oblique. The timing of his injury is unfortunate due to both recent performance and how much time is left in the season. Hearn set a career high with ten strikeouts over 4.2 innings in his last outing, topping the career high of nine he set in his previous start. He ranked first in the FSL with 106 strikeouts at the end of his night on Thursday. He has a 4.12 ERA in 87.1 innings, with a 1.17 WHIP and a .207 BAA. Hearn has a 3.04 ERA since the All-Star break.
The Bradenton season wraps up on September 3rd, so this will likely cause him to miss most (or all) of the remaining seven weeks, depending on the severity.
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