Pirates Prospects » Injury News http://www.piratesprospects.com Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Sat, 17 May 2014 16:45:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 Wandy Rodriguez to Start For the Pirates on Thursday http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/05/wandy-rodriguez-to-start-for-the-pirates-on-thursday.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/05/wandy-rodriguez-to-start-for-the-pirates-on-thursday.html#comments Sat, 10 May 2014 20:46:16 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=78574 Clint Hurdle announced today that Wandy Rodriguez would be starting for the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday against the Milwaukee Brewers. Rodriguez is currently on the disabled list with a knee injury. He has made two rehab starts, and neither outing went well. Rodriguez gave up ten earned runs on 11 hits in 8.2 innings of work, with a 7:6 K/BB ratio and three home runs. All of that came at the Double-A level.

It’s not like Rodriguez had success in the majors prior to the injury. He had a 7.65 ERA in 20 innings of work, along with seven homers and a 16:6 K/BB ratio.

The Pirates don’t technically need a fifth starter until May 24th, although they would need a spot starter a week from today. If they did decide to go with a fifth starter earlier, then Rodriguez wouldn’t be the best choice. Brandon Cumpton has looked much better this year, both in the minors and in the majors. The Pirates might be seeing something here with Rodriguez that isn’t showing up in the numbers, but based on the numbers, I have a hard time believing everything will be fine with Rodriguez when he returns. At the least, they should have left him in the minors until he had one good rehab outing.

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Andrew Lambo Placed on the Indianapolis Disabled List http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/05/andrew-lambo-placed-on-the-indianapolis-disabled-list.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/05/andrew-lambo-placed-on-the-indianapolis-disabled-list.html#comments Wed, 07 May 2014 14:27:22 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=78291 Andrew Lambo has been placed on the Indianapolis disabled list, per an Indianapolis press release. Lambo has missed the last two games with a bruised thumb. His placement on the DL, which is seven days long in the minors, was back dated to May 5th.

Lambo would have been a good option for a call up while the Pirates have an extra roster spot. Obviously he can’t be called up now. Even if he could, the Pirates are going with an extra reliever in the short-term. It will be interesting to see if he gets a shot at the majors when he returns. If he returns after seven days, then the Pirates could call him up for that extra roster spot, and could keep him in that spot for about two weeks before they need a fifth starter again.

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Stolmy Pimentel To DL, Cumpton Sent Down, Mazzaro and Hughes Return http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/05/stolmy-pimentel-to-dl-cumpton-sent-down-mazzaro-and-hughes-return.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/05/stolmy-pimentel-to-dl-cumpton-sent-down-mazzaro-and-hughes-return.html#comments Sat, 03 May 2014 20:46:49 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=77971 The Pittsburgh Pirates have placed Stolmy Pimentel on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation and sent Brandon Cumpton to Indianapolis. They recalled Jared Hughes and selected Vin Mazzaro off the Indianapolis roster, adding him to the 40-man roster.

The move with Pimentel is retroactive to Friday. He has pitched six times in relief, posting a 3.18 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 11 strikeouts in 11.1 innings.

Cumpton has made two starts for the Pirates, including Thursday night, so he wasn’t going to be available to pitch the next couple days. By adding Vin Mazzaro back to the 40-man roster and calling him up, the Pirates have an eight man bullpen for the weekend. Mazzaro was the last cut during Spring Training and the Pirates were able to keep him in the organization after he cleared waivers and accepted a spot in Indianapolis.

Jared Hughes has already been back and forth between the Pirates and Indianapolis a couple times this year. He made two appearances with the Pirates, throwing 2.1 shutout innings. For Indianapolis, he allowed just one run in 7.2 innings and he’s picked up four saves.

The 40-man roster is now full.

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Reese McGuire Placed on the West Virginia Disabled List http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/04/reese-mcguire-placed-on-the-west-virginia-disabled-list.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/04/reese-mcguire-placed-on-the-west-virginia-disabled-list.html#comments Sun, 27 Apr 2014 17:25:51 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=77512 The West Virginia Power have placed catcher Reese McGuire on the disabled list with an unknown injury. Kawika Emsley-Pai has replaced McGuire on the West Virginia roster.

McGuire had been playing as the designated hitter this week, playing two games in a row before missing yesterday’s game. I’ll update this post with more information when it becomes available.

UPDATE: The injury for McGuire is a groin contusion. It is backdated to Saturday, and while the name of the injury sounds horrible, it doesn’t seem like McGuire will miss a lot of time.

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Francisco Liriano Leaves Today’s Start With Flu-Like Symptoms http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/04/francisco-liriano-leaves-todays-start-early-with-apparent-injury.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/04/francisco-liriano-leaves-todays-start-early-with-apparent-injury.html#comments Sat, 26 Apr 2014 21:14:55 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=77455 Francisco Liriano left today’s start early in the bottom of the third inning against the St. Louis Cardinals. Liriano came out to pitch the third inning, and went to a 3-0 count to Tyler Lyons. That’s when Clint Hurdle and a trainer ran out to the mound to check on Liriano, followed by his removal from the game.

The Cardinals announcers said they didn’t see anything wrong with Liriano, and speculated that it could be sickness or dizziness. No word yet from the Pirates on the reason for Liriano’s early departure. You’d hope it would be something like sickness, since that wouldn’t have any long-term impacts. If Liriano is actually injured, then the Pirates would be looking at Jeff Locke or Stolmy Pimentel to take his place. Pimentel came on to relieve Liriano.

UPDATE 5:58 PM: The Pirates have announced that Liriano left the game with dizziness and flu-like symptoms. So that’s good news, as it means he probably won’t miss his next start.

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Jason Grilli Placed on the Disabled List http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/04/jason-grilli-placed-on-the-disabled-list.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/04/jason-grilli-placed-on-the-disabled-list.html#comments Fri, 25 Apr 2014 22:26:55 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=77396 The Pittsburgh Pirates have placed right-handed pitcher Jason Grilli on the 15-day disabled list, retro to April 21st, with a left oblique strain. Jared Hughes has been recalled from Indianapolis to replace Grilli on the roster.

With Grilli on the disabled list, Mark Melancon should take over as the team’s closer. Grilli blew two saves over the weekend, and hasn’t pitched since the second blown save.

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Minor Moves: Zack Dodson Placed on the Altoona DL http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/04/minor-moves-zack-dodson-placed-on-the-altoona-dl.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/04/minor-moves-zack-dodson-placed-on-the-altoona-dl.html#comments Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:33:53 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=77150 Here are all of the latest moves in the Pittsburgh Pirates minor league system.

**Zack Dodson was placed on the disabled list with a left oblique injury. He was a late scratch from his start yesterday in Altoona, being replaced by Brandon Mann. Kenn Kasparek has been added to the Altoona roster.

**Brent Morel has been placed on the bereavement list in Indianapolis. Cody Eppley has been added to the roster to take his spot.

**Jay Jackson was added to the Indianapolis roster yesterday, replacing Jared Hughes, who went to the majors.

**Carlos Paulino was recently sent to Altoona from Indianapolis, moving down after Tony Sanchez was sent to Triple-A.

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Injury Updates: Luis Heredia, Jameson Taillon, Austin Meadows http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/04/injury-updates-luis-heredia-jameson-taillon-austin-meadows.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/04/injury-updates-luis-heredia-jameson-taillon-austin-meadows.html#comments Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:28:08 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=77142 On Sunday, Pittsburgh Pirates’ General Manager Neal Huntington spoke with the media, and gave a few updates on some of the injured prospects in the system.

**Luis Heredia is currently on the disabled list with right shoulder discomfort. He was pulled from a start over a week ago after throwing one pitch, then was placed on the DL two days later.

“We just worked through the inflammation in that shoulder and he’s making good progress so far,” Huntington said on Heredia. “He’s not yet started a throwing program but is making good progress health-wise.”

**Jameson Taillon underwent Tommy John surgery a few weeks ago, and is in the early stages of his rehab work. Taillon isn’t expected back until early next season, and won’t get a shot at the majors until the middle of next year.

“Early rehab is great, he’s getting the range of motion back. All positive so far.”

**Austin Meadows has yet to make his 2013 debut due to a hamstring injury. He is expected to go to West Virginia when he recovers. He was expected to miss at least the first month of the season, and it seems that he could miss more time beyond that.

“Still working through the hamstring. It has continued to grab him a little bit here and there which causes us to slow the process down but still optimistic, still looking forward to getting through it and getting him back healthy.”

The Pirates can afford to take their time with Meadows, since they will have no urgent need for outfield prospects any time soon once Gregory Polanco arrives in the majors.

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Wandy Rodriguez Placed on the Disabled List http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/04/wandy-rodriguez-placed-on-the-disabled-list.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/04/wandy-rodriguez-placed-on-the-disabled-list.html#comments Mon, 21 Apr 2014 19:13:51 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=77049 The Pittsburgh Pirates have placed left-handed pitcher Wandy Rodriguez on the 15-day disabled list with right knee inflammation, and have recalled Jared Hughes from Triple-A.

Considering the struggles from Rodriguez, it would be fair to speculate whether this injury is a phantom move, giving him a break. So far he has a 7.65 ERA in 20 innings, but the bigger concern is that his average velocity is down over a full MPH.

Hughes is probably up in the short-term to provide bullpen depth, since the Pirates don’t need a starter to replace Rodriguez until Thursday.

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Injury Updates: Tyler Glasnow, Harold Ramirez, Barrett Barnes http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/04/injury-updates-tyler-glasnow-harold-ramirez-barrett-barnes.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/04/injury-updates-tyler-glasnow-harold-ramirez-barrett-barnes.html#comments Mon, 14 Apr 2014 16:41:45 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=76476 I don’t know if it’s due to all of the injuries this year, but I can’t remember a time while running this site when I’ve been swarmed by so many “is there an update on Player A?” questions. Generally, if you have to ask if there’s an update, that means there’s no update. That’s true even if a week or two has passed since the previous update. With that said, here are a few updates that aren’t really updates at all. Instead, this is just reporting that everything is the same with these players since the previous updates.

Tyler Glasnow

Nothing has really changed for Tyler Glasnow’s rehab since my last update on March 22nd. At that time, I reported that Glasnow would start getting stretched out for the season, and would miss about two weeks of action with Bradenton.

Today, Glasnow is making a start in extended Spring Training, on the road in Dunedin. I haven’t seen the last few starts from Glasnow, so I don’t know where he’s at with his pitch count or innings. By my estimates, this should be the final outing before he’s ready to join the Marauders. That would put him on pace to return by the end of the week, which is the end of that two week period.

Harold Ramirez and Barrett Barnes

A week ago today, Harold Ramirez and Barrett Barnes were placed on the West Virginia disabled list with leg injuries. I’ve confirmed that both were diagnosed with hamstring strains. Currently there is no timetable set for either player to return.

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