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.

In other news, the Altoona Curve activated Cody Dickson from the disabled list to take the spot of Montana DuRapau, who was promoted to Indianapolis yesterday.

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  1. Bad news for sure, but wasn’t he about at his innings limit for season?

    Likely get enough innings in Fall instructs to make up for those lost to injury, right?

    • With his innings in instructs and extended spring last year, he was probably good to go for the rest of the season. Maybe a skipped start or a relief appearance in the middle, but they wanted him to go the whole season. He can make some up in instructs I’m sure.

      Seems like players miss 3-6 weeks with oblique injuries. If it’s only three weeks, then he will get in some limited time in the GCL I’m sure, though I wouldn’t guarantee he starts again for Bradenton this season. Don’t know if they would fully stretch him out just for 1-2 starts.

      • Worse news than I thought. On the other hand, it isn’t an elbow or shoulder injury. Shouldn’t hinder his development much if at all.

        • Well, it’s really bad timing, but not something that will be a lingering issue. He’s getting comfortable with a new pitch, he has his best career outing and now he has to sit for awhile.

          So the timing is definitely the worst part. If it happens 2-3 weeks later, you just call it a wrap on a nice season and get ready for next year, but you hate to go down right when you start putting everything together.

            • I say this knowing full well the AFL rules are always broken. A player has to be off the DL for at least 45 days before the end of the minor league season. If they followed that rule, it would automatically eliminate Hearn because he can’t return in five days.

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