Pirates Prospects » Injury News http://www.piratesprospects.com Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Sun, 13 Apr 2014 00:27:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.2 Andrew McCutchen Back in the Lineup Tonight After Leaving Early Last Night http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/04/andrew-mccutchen-back-in-the-lineup-tonight-after-leaving-early-last-night.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/04/andrew-mccutchen-back-in-the-lineup-tonight-after-leaving-early-last-night.html#comments Sat, 12 Apr 2014 20:01:05 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=76324 Last night Andrew McCutchen left in the bottom of the eighth inning with discomfort in his left ankle. He seemed to be walking fine on the ankle after lining out to end the top of the eighth inning.

Tonight, McCutchen is back in the lineup, batting third and playing center field as usual. So it appears that it wasn’t anything major last night, which despite McCutchen’s early season struggles, is a great sign.

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Luis Heredia Pulled From His Start With Shoulder Discomfort http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/04/luis-heredia-pulled-from-his-start-after-throwing-one-pitch.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/04/luis-heredia-pulled-from-his-start-after-throwing-one-pitch.html#comments Sat, 12 Apr 2014 19:38:16 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=76320 According to multiple people in attendance at today’s West Virginia game, Luis Heredia was pulled from his start after throwing one pitch. It’s unknown why he was pulled from the game, but this isn’t usually a good sign.

UPDATE 5:08 PM: Jake Seiner of MiLB.com says that Heredia left with right shoulder discomfort and will be re-evaluated in the coming days.

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Andrew McCutchen Leaves Game With Discomfort in His Left Ankle http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/04/andrew-mccutchen-leaves-game-with-discomfort-in-his-left-ankle.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/04/andrew-mccutchen-leaves-game-with-discomfort-in-his-left-ankle.html#comments Sat, 12 Apr 2014 03:04:25 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=76255 Andrew McCutchen left tonight’s Pittsburgh Pirates game in the eighth inning due to left ankle discomfort, the team announced. McCutchen ended the top of the eighth inning by lining out to third base, then walked off the field and was replaced defensively in the bottom of the eighth inning.

No word yet on the situation. We’ll update if more information becomes available.

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Chris Stewart’s Rehab Moved to Indianapolis http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/04/chris-stewarts-rehab-moved-to-indianapolis.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/04/chris-stewarts-rehab-moved-to-indianapolis.html#comments Fri, 11 Apr 2014 19:27:30 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=76237 Chris Stewart has had his rehab work moved to Indianapolis, per an Indianapolis press release. The catcher had previously been rehabbing in Bradenton, recently catching seven innings in Bradenton on Wednesday.

I’m not sure what the schedule is for rehab for a catcher. For position players, the Pirates usually prefer two five inning games, two seven inning games, and two nine inning games. If that’s the case with Stewart, then he could only need three more rehab games until he’s ready. Of course three games isn’t a guarantee, since you need to factor his individual rehab, along with the possibility that catchers could take longer to rehab. At any rate, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him back in a little over a week, tops, which will bring up the interesting decision with Tony Sanchez.

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Jameson Taillon Undergoes Successul Tommy John Surgery http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/04/jameson-taillon-undergoes-successul-tommy-john-surgery.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/04/jameson-taillon-undergoes-successul-tommy-john-surgery.html#comments Thu, 10 Apr 2014 17:58:16 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=76161 According to Jonathan Mayo, Jameson Taillon underwent successful Tommy John surgery yesterday.

Over the weekend it was announced that Taillon would undergo surgery. The typical recovery time is a year, which would put Taillon on pace to return at the start of next season. That should put him on track to be in the majors by mid-season 2015.

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Jeff Locke Dominates With His Fastball in a Rehab Start http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/04/jeff-locke-dominates-with-his-fastball-in-a-rehab-start.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/04/jeff-locke-dominates-with-his-fastball-in-a-rehab-start.html#comments Thu, 10 Apr 2014 03:23:38 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=76108 Jeff Locke made a rehab start tonight for the Bradenton Marauders, coming in to the start with the goal of six innings or 100 pitches, depending on what came first. He ended up reaching the six innings easily without worrying about the 100 pitches, all due to strong fastball command and an approach to pound the strike zone. Locke gave up two runs on five hits and a walk in six innings, with ten strikeouts. A lot of the strikeouts were coming off the fastball, and seven of the strikeouts were swinging. Locke’s fastball was in its normal range of 90-94 MPH, according to multiple radar guns.

“We threw a lot of fastballs,” Locke said about his outing. “A lot of fastballs in to righties. A lot of the stuff that made me successful last season, [I] kind of benefitted from tonight.”

Locke threw 82 pitches, with 59 going for strikes. To get his 100 pitches, he went to the bullpen after his outing, throwing 20 more pitches after a brief break following his final inning. Locke was effective getting out in front of opposing hitters, getting 17 of 24 first pitch strikes, including first pitch strikes to 14 of his final 17 batters. He was going up against the Palm Beach Cardinals, which is the High-A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals.

“That team over there, I feel like, is a mini Cardinals,” Locke said. “I feel like they take their at-bats the same way. They’re a team that puts the ball in play. Aggressive. I didn’t see them play last night, but I knew they were going to swing, knew they were going to be aggressive. Really it only took one time through the order for them to be a little bit more aggressive on first pitches.”

Locke struck out six batters in his first three innings, but did see more contact after the first time through the order. The final three innings saw 9 of 14 hitters put the ball in play. Locke worked to counter that by incorporating his curveball and changeup more the second time through the lineup.

The biggest hit of the night off Locke was a solo home run to lead off the second inning by first baseman David Washington. Locke fell behind with a few inside two-seam fastballs, before Washington homered on a 3-1 count.

“He did his job, and I just didn’t do mine that time,” Locke said. “Other than that, everything was really good. I’ll sleep well tonight knowing that I threw the ball well today, and I feel good. That’s the main thing, really, is the oblique feels good. My arm feels good.”

The only other run that Locke gave up came off an RBI double off the wall in center field in the sixth inning, scoring a runner from first. The runner on first reached on a bunt single. The only hard hit balls off of Locke were the home run and the double.

Locke was pitching to Chris Stewart, who is also rehabbing in Bradenton. Stewart caught seven innings tonight, for the first time during his rehab process. This is also the third time that Stewart has caught Locke.

“He’s learned me, I’ve learned him, and I think that’s a big benefit when you have someone here to really help you out,” Locke said.

Locke didn’t know the next step of his rehab, and said that will probably be determined tomorrow. He could make another start in Bradenton, or go up to Indianapolis for a start in the upper levels.

Jeff Locke’s Stats

Line: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 10 K, 1 HR

Velocity: 90-94 MPH

Pitches: 82

Strikes: 59

First Pitch Strikes: 17/24

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Minor Moves: Harold Ramirez and Barrett Barnes To The Disabled List http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/04/minor-moves-harold-ramirez-and-barrett-barnes-to-the-disabled-list.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/04/minor-moves-harold-ramirez-and-barrett-barnes-to-the-disabled-list.html#comments Mon, 07 Apr 2014 19:09:17 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=75936 We heard last night that West Virginia outfielders Harold Ramirez and Barrett Barnes both left their game early and for both of them, it looked like hamstring injuries. It’s a problem which has plagued Barnes throughout his pro career. Today, both players were placed on the disabled list.

Austin Meadows, who was supposed to be the third starter in the West Virginia outfielder, is also out due to a hamstring injury. He is in Extended Spring Training.

The Power have added infielder Adam Landecker and outfielder Justin Maffei to the active roster to take their place.

The Pirates now have six players among their top 18 prospects on the disabled list. Besides the three West Virginia outfielders, Jameson Taillon and Clay Holmes are out for the year and Tyler Glasnow is in Extended Spring Training, where he is getting ready to return from a back injury.

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Harold Ramirez and Barrett Barnes Injured in West Virginia Game http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/04/harold-ramirez-and-barrett-barnes-injured-in-west-virginia-game.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/04/harold-ramirez-and-barrett-barnes-injured-in-west-virginia-game.html#comments Sun, 06 Apr 2014 22:38:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=75840 The sixth inning of today’s West Virginia Power game saw outfielders Harold Ramirez and Barrett Barnes go down with injuries.

Barnes came up favoring his right leg as he reached first base on an infield single to shortstop. It wasn’t apparent where the injury took place, although it looked like he grabbed the back of his leg when he hit the bag, which could indicate a hamstring injury. Barnes has a pretty bad injury history, and missed a lot of time last year in West Virginia with a hamstring injury. He left the game immediately, walking off on his own power.

Ramirez was injured running down the line on a fielder’s choice. He reached first base without a throw, but was pointing to the back of his leg after the play. Like Barnes, that means it could be a hamstring issue. Ramirez left the game, also walking off on his own power.

If both outfielders are injured with hamstring issues, then that would put the entire West Virginia outfield out with the same injury. Austin Meadows is currently recovering from a hamstring injury he suffered during Spring Training.

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Jameson Taillon to Have Tommy John Surgery http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/04/jameson-taillon-to-have-tommy-john-surgery.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/04/jameson-taillon-to-have-tommy-john-surgery.html#comments Sun, 06 Apr 2014 17:21:59 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=75793 Jameson Taillon has been diagnosed with an injury to his ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, and will elect to have Tommy John surgery, the team has announced.

I first reported Taillon was shut down a few weeks ago with what he described as “a little bit of elbow discomfort”. The initial MRI he received said the ligament was strong, which suggested the injury could be something in the form of bone chips in his elbow. However, he decided to get a second opinion, and after that opinion, the team and Taillon were both hushed in the results of the second opinion.

The silence following the second opinion raised concerns. After the first opinion, the plan was for Taillon to take two weeks off, then re-evaluate and potentially build up for the season. It became obvious that the second opinion didn’t go well once both parties went silent. The hope was still that it was something minor that wouldn’t put him out for the 2014 season.

Neal Huntington mentioned to the media today that Taillon had a “compromised” UCL, although it was still intact. That sounds like a minor tear, and probably explains why the two sides were debating the next approach over the past week.

Obviously this means that Taillon won’t be up in 2014. The timing of this injury means that Taillon could be back at the start of the 2015 season. However, he is going to still need time in Triple-A, which pushes his expected MLB debut back to around June 2015. Tommy John surgery isn’t the career killer it once was. Almost every pitcher returns from Tommy John about a year later at the level they were at before the injury. So this won’t hurt Taillon’s career in the long-run, but it will obviously delay his arrival in the short-term.

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Jameson Taillon Had Second Opinion; Now All Parties Quiet as Pirates Decide the Next Step http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/04/jameson-taillon-had-second-opinion-now-all-parties-quiet-as-pirates-decide-the-next-step.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/04/jameson-taillon-had-second-opinion-now-all-parties-quiet-as-pirates-decide-the-next-step.html#comments Wed, 02 Apr 2014 17:41:40 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=75441 A few weeks ago I reported that Jameson Taillon had been shut down due to elbow discomfort. Last week I reported that Taillon was going to seek a second opinion this Monday. Taillon did go for the second opinion on Monday, but didn’t want to comment on the results today.

I don’t want to speculate on the results of the second opinion. However, I will point out this is a change from the previous updates when Taillon was open to comment on his elbow, and on going to get the second opinion. This time he said he wasn’t comfortable talking about it, noting that the team was currently deciding the best approach to take from here. He didn’t say whether the second opinion confirmed the first one.

I reached out to Pirates’ General Manager Neal Huntington, who also didn’t comment, saying that the team was still “working through the process” and would pass along information to the media “when the timing was appropriate.” I should also point out that this is different from a few weeks ago, when Huntington was open to talking to reporters to confirm my original report.

In summary, Taillon and the team are refusing to comment about the second opinion, with both saying that the team is deciding what to do next. This is different from the first evaluation, when both Taillon and Huntington were willing to discuss the results a few days later. Take from that what you will. For now, we’re awaiting update from the team on the results of the second opinion, and what course of action they will take with Taillon.

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