Pirates Prospects » Injury News http://www.piratesprospects.com Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:41:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 Injury Updates: Harold Ramirez, Connor Joe, Barrett Barnes, Austin Coley http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/07/injury-updates-harold-ramirez-connor-joe-barrett-barnes-austin-coley.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/07/injury-updates-harold-ramirez-connor-joe-barrett-barnes-austin-coley.html#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 23:21:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=84475 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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Minor Moves: Orlando Castro Placed on the Altoona DL http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/07/minor-moves-orlando-castro-placed-on-the-altoona-dl.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/07/minor-moves-orlando-castro-placed-on-the-altoona-dl.html#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:14:23 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=84448 The Altoona Curve and West Virginia Power have announced the following moves over the last day:


**Orlando Castro placed on the DL, retro July 21st, with left shoulder fatigue. Castro was promoted to Altoona in the last month, but has struggled at the new level. This has been standard for him at a new level, and each time he returns the next year to have success in the rotation. Castro was dealing with some dead arm around early June, and his velocity was at the lower end of his range before being promoted. This is another annual problem for him, and could raise concerns about his durability as a starter over a full season.

**Justin Howard was activated off the Altoona DL and was assigned to Bradenton.

**Matt Benedict was promoted to Altoona from Bradenton.

West Virginia

**Infielder Francisco Aponte and left-handed pitcher Jared LaKind were promoted from Jamestown to West Virginia.

**Outfielder Maximo Rivera was promoted from Bristol to West Virginia.

**Infielders Danny Collins and Chris Diaz, and right-handed pitcher Justin Topa were placed on the West Virginia DL.

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Barrett Barnes Promoted to Bradenton http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/07/barrett-barnes-promoted-to-bradenton.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/07/barrett-barnes-promoted-to-bradenton.html#comments Fri, 11 Jul 2014 16:03:11 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=83519 Pittsburgh Pirates outfield prospect Barrett Barnes has been promoted to the Bradenton Marauders. On Tuesday I wrote about how Barnes could possibly be moved up after coming off the disabled list. He hasn’t played above West Virginia, which is where he started the year before going down with a hamstring injury. Barnes is expected to play center field.

The promotion is a bit aggressive in the sense that Barnes has struggled at the plate in West Virginia when he’s been healthy. However, some of those struggles could be due to the fact that he hasn’t had consistent playing time, due to multiple hamstring injuries. He entered the year as one of our top 20 prospects, but dropped off the list due to the injury problems. Barnes still has a lot of upside, and is still in the top 30. If he stays healthy and hits well in Bradenton, he could revive his prospect status. He still has a lot of upside with the bat, and his ability to play well in center field adds a lot of prospect value if the hitting skills translate over to the field.

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Austin Meadows Finally Heading to West Virginia http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/07/austin-meadows-finally-heading-to-west-virginia.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/07/austin-meadows-finally-heading-to-west-virginia.html#comments Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:29:51 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=83497 According to his Twitter account, Pittsburgh Pirates outfield prospect Austin Meadows is heading to West Virginia.

Meadows played his final rehab game last night for Bristol, and also played his first complete game. Usually the Pirates have players play anywhere from 1-3 full games before returning. It appears that Meadows only needed the one game.

Meadows has been out since early in Spring Training with a hamstring injury. He was originally expected to return at the end of April, but suffered a setback with another injury to the lower part of his hamstring. That put him out for another two months. He began his on-field work at the end of May, and returned to games in late June.

The final two months of the season for Meadows will be highly anticipated. He’s currently the top hitting prospect in the system, which is mostly based on his tools. He’s a borderline top 50 prospect in the game, and with strong results, he could end up as a top 50 prospect or higher by the end of the year.

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Gerrit Cole Placed on Disabled List, Brandon Cumpton Recalled http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/07/gerrit-cole-placed-on-disabled-list-brandon-cumpton-recalled.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/07/gerrit-cole-placed-on-disabled-list-brandon-cumpton-recalled.html#comments Wed, 09 Jul 2014 16:09:58 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=83354 The Pittsburgh Pirates have placed right-handed starter Gerrit Cole on the 15-day disabled list and recalled pitcher Brandon Cumpton to start tonight’s game. Cole left his last start early due to right lat soreness. The move was made retroactive to July 5th and due to the All-Star break, there is a chance that Cole could miss just one start.

Cumpton will face the St Louis Cardinals tonight. He has made nine starts for the Pirates this season, posting a 4.61 ERA over 52.2 innings. Cumpton has a 1.33 WHIP and a 12/32 BB/SO ratio. He has given up just one home run. The Pirates have a 5-4 record in Cumpton’s starts. This will be the first time he faces the Cardinals this season.

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A.J. Morris Gears to Return After the Indianapolis All-Star Break http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/07/a-j-morris-gears-to-return-after-the-indianapolis-all-star-break.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/07/a-j-morris-gears-to-return-after-the-indianapolis-all-star-break.html#comments Wed, 09 Jul 2014 14:29:51 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=83299 After a quick start at Triple-A, A.J. Morris found himself on the disabled list with a forearm strain on June 25.

However, the stint on the shelf is expected to end soon, as Morris will begin throwing side work this week and is expected to return to action shortly after the Triple-A All-Star break next week.

Morris was promoted June 7 after posting a 1.64 ERA in Altoona and he saw early success with Indianapolis. Despite a struggle in his final outing, Morris had three very strong starts, including a six-hit shutout on June 12.

Prior to going on the DL on June 23, Morris had his toughest outing of the season. He lasted only three innings, allowing eight hits and five earned runs, while walking a pair.

In his other three starts in Triple-A, he struck out 15 hitters in 20 innings. In those starts, Morris allowed three total earned runs on 17 hits.

As smooth as Morris was in the first three starts, it appears the fourth may have been a struggle due to the injury.

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Andrew Lambo Could Return to Indianapolis After the All-Star Break http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/07/andrew-lambo-could-return-to-indianapolis-after-the-all-star-break.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/07/andrew-lambo-could-return-to-indianapolis-after-the-all-star-break.html#comments Tue, 08 Jul 2014 20:32:05 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=83289 Andrew Lambo went down with a thumb injury in early May. Originally he thought it was a bruised thumb, and was scheduled to take a few weeks off. By the end of his three-week break it was determined that he would need surgery to repair the ulnar collateral ligament.

“I hate taking myself out of the lineup,” Lambo said on the initial evaluation and trying to return after a break. “It’s better to be aware of your body, and I’m learning that. Sometimes it’s okay to push things, and sometimes it’s not. It’s just a lesson, you can’t really push something like that.”

Lambo thought he was starting to get better as the rehab went on. He was taking grounders and swinging a bat towards the end of the break.

“I was able to swing, I was able to do things, but still something was a little off,” Lambo said.

After the three weeks was up, Lambo told the Pirates that something felt off. He went to get an MRI, and it was determined that he needed surgery. The original timetable was scheduled for a return after 6-8 weeks. Lambo is on the early side of that timetable.

“When I was in the cast, we were still working and doing a lot of things,” Lambo said on his early return. “I think we picked up a lot of time doing that. We didn’t really kind of sit around for the time I was in the cast.”

He just played a complete game today in the GCL, which was his second in a row. The next step would usually be a return to Indianapolis, although with the Triple-A All-Star break coming up next week, it’s possible Lambo could go to Jamestown for a bit, to avoid having three days off right after he returns. He could return to Indianapolis following the Triple-A All-Star break, which ends next Thursday.

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First Round Pick Cole Tucker Suffers a Minor Thumb Injury http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/07/first-round-pick-cole-tucker-suffers-a-minor-thumb-injury.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/07/first-round-pick-cole-tucker-suffers-a-minor-thumb-injury.html#comments Tue, 08 Jul 2014 19:52:43 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=83279 Pittsburgh Pirates first round pick Cole Tucker has suffered a minor thumb injury, which will keep him out for a few days. The shortstop suffered the injury in Monday’s game against the GCL Yankees in Tampa.

“The field was wet and there was a ground ball up the middle,” Tucker said, describing how the injury happened. “I ran for it, but I kind of slipped and put my glove down to brace myself, and my thumb just kind of bent back.”

Tucker said that he had a minor sprain to his UCL, and that he only expected to be out for a few days. He was walking around with a brace and a cast on his thumb today, but wasn’t wearing it after the game.

After the injury happened, Tucker left the game to get x-rays. He’s not feeling much pain in the thumb, but has trouble right now squeezing the glove or gripping a bat. He’ll treat the thumb with ice and a splint for a few days.

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Barrett Barnes Close to a Return From His Hamstring Injury http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/07/barrett-barnes-close-to-a-return-from-his-hamstring-injury.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/07/barrett-barnes-close-to-a-return-from-his-hamstring-injury.html#comments Tue, 08 Jul 2014 19:46:03 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=83271 Barrett Barnes is getting closer to returning from his latest hamstring injury. The center fielder played seven innings today in a GCL game, marking the third straight game where he has played seven. The Pirates have him progressing on a rehab schedule where he will play three games at five innings, three at seven, and three full games. Barnes has played the first six games, and will progress to full games as the next part of his rehab.

That will begin after a day off tomorrow. Barnes will then play full games in the GCL on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday to complete his rehab. There’s a chance that he could be moved to Bradenton at the end of the rehab, rather than going back to West Virginia. The move would be somewhat aggressive, in the sense that he hasn’t seen much success in West Virginia. However, considering the circumstances, an aggressive move might be warranted.

Barnes has missed a lot of time the last two years due to hamstring problems. He only had 183 at-bats in West Virginia last year, and only played in four games this year. He was drafted out of college in 2012, and would have been in Bradenton by now if he would have remained healthy. His numbers haven’t been good so far, but that’s probably due to the fact that his injuries have prevented him a chance to get consistent playing time.

He was highly rated for his bat out of the 2012 draft, and the hope is that the bat would start to come through if he gets consistent playing time. Barnes is also strong defensively in center field, so it would make sense to challenge his bat when he returns, while also giving him time in center. Austin Meadows will be taking center field in West Virginia, which means the only chance for Barnes to play center would be in Bradenton.

Barnes fell out of our top 20 rankings due to the injury problems, but he’s still in the top 30. He’s got a chance to revive his prospect status if he can stay healthy and show his offensive potential the rest of the year.

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Pirates to Place Gerrit Cole on the DL and Call Up Brandon Cumpton http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/07/pirates-to-place-gerrit-cole-on-the-dl-and-call-up-brandon-cumpton.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/07/pirates-to-place-gerrit-cole-on-the-dl-and-call-up-brandon-cumpton.html#comments Tue, 08 Jul 2014 04:32:16 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=83231 The Pittsburgh Pirates will place right-handed pitcher Gerrit Cole on the disabled list and will call up Brandon Cumpton to start Wednesday’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals. Cole left Friday’s start after five innings due to soreness in his right lat. Because of the upcoming All-Star break, Cole’s DL stint could be back-dated, and he might only miss one start.

If he needs to miss more than one start, the Pirates have Francisco Liriano returning soon. Liriano went six innings tonight in a rehab start, and looked sharp according to Ryan Palencer’s live report. He should be ready after the All-Star break, which means he’d take over for Cumpton if Cole isn’t able to return after the All-Star break.

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