ALTOONA, Pa. - The 2017 season did not go exactly as planned for Brandon Waddell. It was the first time in his life that he was sidelined for an extended period of time with injury. He first went on the disabled list last April with a forearm strain, and the hope was that rest and rehab would fix the problem. After returning in May and making seven starts, he went back on the disabled list with the same injury. The second time around, Waddell received a PRP injection with the hope of avoiding surgery.

Fortunately, there were no structural concerns, and Waddell returned late in the season to help the Altoona Curve claim the Eastern League Championship. The Pirates sent him to the Arizona Fall League, where he worked out of the bullpen. Even with the two trips to the disabled list earlier...

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