Pirates Prospects » Injury News http://www.piratesprospects.com Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Sun, 07 Sep 2014 13:23:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 A Good Sign in Jameson Taillon’s Tommy John Rehab http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/09/a-good-sign-in-jameson-taillons-tommy-john-rehab.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/09/a-good-sign-in-jameson-taillons-tommy-john-rehab.html#comments Wed, 03 Sep 2014 22:14:27 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=87633 Jameson Taillon has been recovering from Tommy John surgery this year, after undergoing the procedure at the start of April. The typical timeline for recovery is four months of rest before a pitcher can resume throwing. Taillon resumed throwing about a month ago. Today he posted an update to Instagram, showing that he had moved his throwing to 75 feet.

I’ve mentioned before that Taillon could possibly be ready for the start of the season in 2015, and could be in the majors by mid-season. Each time I mention this, I get a response saying that there is no way Taillon will be able to help that soon.

Most Tommy John recoveries last about a year. We saw that with Charlie Morton, who had the surgery in June 2012, and returned in June 2013. Morton did have some struggles with his command coming back, but by August he was looking good. Morton actually started his rehab in mid-April, which was about ten months after the surgery.

A similar timeline for Taillon puts his rehab work right around the start of Spring Training. And then if you give him four months to be totally back (getting over any rust or command issues), that puts him into June. If he’s pitching well with Indianapolis at that point, then I don’t see why he wouldn’t be an option for the majors.

All of this assumes Taillon’s rehab will continue to go well, and he won’t suffer any setbacks. So far, things are looking good.

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Injury Updates on Charlie Morton and Travis Snider http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/08/injury-updates-on-charlie-morton-and-travis-snider.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/08/injury-updates-on-charlie-morton-and-travis-snider.html#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 23:15:29 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=87292 Yesterday, Charlie Morton made his first rehab start in Double-A Altoona for his sports hernia injury. Morton pitched four innings, surrendering two runs on four hits and one walk. He struck out six. Morton was fairly pleased with his performance.

“He felt like he was able to execute pitches,” Hurdle said.

Though he was able to execute pitches, Morton still isn’t pleased with his recovery from the injury

“Didn’t feel significantly better than he did the last time he took the ball, so we’re just gonna get his feedback and decide what step’s next,” Hurdle said.

Besides Morton, Travis Snider is still out of the lineup, as he continues to deal with a hamstring injury. Snider, however, is confident in his ability to recover from the injury due to past experience.

“I’ve dealt with these types of injuries in the past, where if you can limit the exposure over the first couple of days it puts you in a good position to be healthy,” Snider said. Despite that, Snider isn’t ready to predict when he’ll be ready to play again. “I’m not putting a date or time on anything, but really just understanding how my body responds to these type of things and doing everything I can in the next however many days it takes to get ready to go.”

Snider did say that his health is slowly improving.

“Today was better than yesterday. Walking better, swung the bat a little bit.”

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Charlie Morton Unsure of Future After First Rehab Appearance http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/08/charlie-morton-unsure-of-future-after-first-rehab-appearance.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/08/charlie-morton-unsure-of-future-after-first-rehab-appearance.html#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 02:26:19 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=87221 Charlie Morton made his first rehab appearance for the Pirates Double-A affiliate Altoona Curve tonight since being placed on the 15 day Disabled List with a sports hernia.

His night ended after four innings, during which he gave up four hits, two earned runs, walked one batter and struck out six. He also induced six ground ball outs. All of his outs were recorded by way of a ground out or a strike out. He threw 73 pitches, 49 for strikes.

“My speed was okay, I thought the movement was good on my sinker. Changeup was really good, and my curveball was okay. I made a couple of good pitches with it, and I threw a couple that I didn’t really know where they were going. My off-speed stuff was there and the movement on my sinker was there,” Morton said after his outing was completed.

Morton says he felt “about as good as I expected to,” but is not sure what the future holds for him the rest of the season.

“I’m not sure what the plan is. I know the minor league season is over on [September 1st], so there’s not really anytime for me to come back out and get a rehab start. But [the next step] is to be determined.”

Morton’s injury occurred during his start on June 2nd against the Padres, and attempted to pitch through the pain over the next two and a half months. But Morton could not speculate what effect the injury had on his pitching.

“There were really good games and there were really bad games. So I would tend to say that I couldn’t really base my pitching on how I felt. So it’s really the kind of thing where you manage [the pain], and you try to make pitches.”

Since his June 2nd start, Morton is 3-5 with a 4.33 ERA in 79 innings.

Since being placed on the Disabled List, Morton has been rehabbing, continuing to throw bullpens, and maintain as much of a normal routine as possible.

“I do what I can day-to-day. It’s just the kind of thing where it affects you differently day-to-day. It’s just frustrating. It’s just really frustrating because I’m used to having a certain routine doing certain things in between starts. So you [have to] alter it, just like anything else.”

Morton is not sure whether or not he will pitch for the Pirates again this season.

“The team is what’s most important to me. I want what’s best for the team. And if that’s me being on the mound, so be it. And if it’s not, so be it. But my goal is to get back out there as soon as possible, and as effectively as possible.”

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Andrew McCutchen and Pedro Alvarez Leave Tonight’s Game Early http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/08/andrew-mccutchen-and-pedro-alvarez-leave-tonights-game-early.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/08/andrew-mccutchen-and-pedro-alvarez-leave-tonights-game-early.html#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 01:48:44 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=87050 Andrew McCutchen and Pedro Alvarez both left tonight’s Pittsburgh Pirates game early. McCutchen left with what was described as “left rib discomfort.” McCutchen winced in the first inning after a swing, then ran into the wall on a leaping catch later in the game. He was removed at the start of the sixth inning. McCutchen is just returning from the disabled list, where he was out with a rib injury. The rib has still been bothering him, as was obvious tonight. He will be reevaluated tomorrow.

Alvarez was removed after McCutchen with left foot discomfort. He will also be evaluated tomorrow. With a day game tomorrow, and a day off on Thursday, it’s very likely that we won’t be seeing either of these guys in the lineup until at least Friday.

UPDATE 10:32 PM: Good news and bad news on the injury front. The good news is from Andrew McCutchen, via Tom Singer.

The bad news is that Alvarez left the game in a walking boot, according to Dan Zangrilli.

So it appears McCutchen is aiming to play tomorrow, although Alvarez could get at least a day off, if not more. Although after the big home run from Ike Davis tonight, it shouldn’t be a big issue that Alvarez is likely to miss a game.

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Alen Hanson Placed on the Altoona DL http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/08/alen-hanson-placed-on-the-altoona-dl.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/08/alen-hanson-placed-on-the-altoona-dl.html#comments Mon, 25 Aug 2014 22:37:42 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=86963 Alen Hanson has been placed on the Altoona disabled list with a hamstring injury. The injury was suffered last week, and will almost certainly end Hanson’s season, since the season only has a week remaining. Drew Maggi has been activated off the Altoona DL as a corresponding move.

Assuming this does end Hanson’s season, he finishes with a .280/.326/.442 line in 482 at-bats. He also made the switch to second base recently, with a focus on getting his bat to the majors at some point during the 2015 season. The switch also followed continued struggles from Hanson at the shortstop position. He should be expected to move up to Indianapolis next year, and could be a mid-season callup candidate.

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Clint Barmes Gearing Up For a Return to Pittsburgh http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/08/clint-barmes-gearing-up-for-a-return-to-pittsburgh.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/08/clint-barmes-gearing-up-for-a-return-to-pittsburgh.html#comments Fri, 22 Aug 2014 13:00:55 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=86728 After playing two games with Altoona, Clint Barmes had his rehab assignment moved to Triple-A Indianapolis on August 18, as he looks to recover from a strained left groin. Barmes was placed on the DL retroactive to June 30.

After five games between the two levels, Barmes is pleased with the progress and reports that he has seen “no setbacks at all.” He is also pleased to have played in back to back games Wednesday and Thursday.

“It feels good at this point,” Barmes said. “This is a back-to-back day for the first time on the rehab. It feels good and I am excited to get back out there [Thursday]…It’s nice to get some at bats and get some timing back. I feel very comfortable now and in the infield as well.”

Along with playing in back-to-back games for the first time on the assignment, Barmes also played the entire game Thursday night for the first time.

On the rehab assignment, Barmes has gotten off to a slow start offensively, as he is 3-for-17 with a strikeout. However, he showed a significant sign of life, as he launched a solo home run to left field in his first at bat on Wednesday.

“[The home run] is always fun because I don’t to do it too often,” Barmes said. “Sometimes you just run into a ball.”

As for the time-table on his comeback to Pittsburgh, Barmes is encouraged by the progress, but is not sure about exactly when the return is coming.

“I honestly really haven’t talked to the trainer up with the big league club, so I am not sure what the plan is exactly,” Barmes said. “I think that we are speeding up the process by playing back-to-back games so early, so that is a good sight. At this point, it’s whenever they need me and what they need.”

Barmes’ rehab assignment was originally planned to last until the end of August.

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Stolmy Pimentel Begins His Minor League Rehab Assignment Tonight http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/08/stolmy-pimentel-begins-his-minor-league-rehab-assignment-tonight.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/08/stolmy-pimentel-begins-his-minor-league-rehab-assignment-tonight.html#comments Thu, 21 Aug 2014 15:23:28 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=86700 Stolmy Pimentel, who is currently on the 15-day disabled list with an ankle injury, will make his first rehab appearance tonight in Altoona. Pimentel will start the game and throw one inning.

Pimentel was placed on the disabled list last Friday, and threw a bullpen on Sunday. The Pirates don’t have to rush him back, and my guess is that they will wait for rosters to expand before bringing him back up.

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Charlie Morton Has a Sports Hernia http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/08/charlie-morton-has-a-sports-hernia.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/08/charlie-morton-has-a-sports-hernia.html#comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:14:47 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=86643 Charlie Morton recently went on the 15-day disabled list with what was believed to be hip inflammation. However, according to Tom Singer and others, Morton was diagnosed with a sports hernia.

The updated diagnosis means that Morton could require surgery in the off-season to fix the issue. In related injuries, A.J. Burnett has been pitching with a sports hernia all season, so it is possible to pitch through the injury. However, Burnett has struggled, and that could be the cause for those issues. Morton was recently struggling, and the injury could also be related.

Cole Hamels had a similar injury in 2011, and saw his numbers drop in the final month of the season. To put that in perspective, he had a 2.58 ERA through the end of August, and a 3.79 ERA in the month of September.

In all of these cases, we don’t know how big a role the injury played with the performance. In Hamels’ case, he had off-season surgery, and pitched a full season the following year. Morton could return, but his performance would be questionable. He could require surgery in the off-season, and if he does, it probably wouldn’t impact his 2015 season.

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Gerrit Cole Activated From the DL, Brent Morel Optioned to Triple-A http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/08/gerrit-cole-activated-from-the-dl-brent-morel-optioned-to-triple-a.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/08/gerrit-cole-activated-from-the-dl-brent-morel-optioned-to-triple-a.html#comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:00:06 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=86639 Gerrit Cole has been activated from the disabled list, as expected since he will be making the start tonight. To make room on the active roster, Brent Morel has been optioned to Triple-A. Morel was brought up as an extra bench bat when Charlie Morton went on the disabled list.

Yesterday, Michael Martinez went down to Triple-A after Andrew McCutchen was activated from the DL. The Martinez/Morel/Nix trio is almost completely off the roster. Nix will probably be the guy on the way out when Clint Barmes returns from the disabled list. Barmes is making another rehab appearance today, and hit a homer for Indianapolis. He probably has a few more games left, and should be ready by early next week.

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Minor Moves: JaCoby Jones Placed on the West Virginia DL http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/08/minor-moves-jacoby-jones-placed-on-the-west-virginia-dl.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/08/minor-moves-jacoby-jones-placed-on-the-west-virginia-dl.html#comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 18:21:59 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=86632 JaCoby Jones has been placed on the West Virginia disabled list, per a West Virginia press release. No word yet on the injury that led to the placement. Jones last played on Sunday, and West Virginia hasn’t played since then. We’ll have more updates when we get them.

UPDATE: I’m being told the placement is illness related. Minor League DL trips are 7 days, so it must be something that is expected to keep him out for most of this week.

Other moves today:

**RHP Felipe Gonzalez has been promoted from West Virginia to Bradenton.

**RHP Jake Burnette has been promoted from Bristol to West Virginia.

**Catcher Francisco Diaz has been activated from the West Virginia DL.

**Matt Curry was assigned to Altoona, after being activated off the Indianapolis disabled list.

**Drew Maggi has been placed on the DL in Altoona with a right groin strain.

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