Nik Turley Sent Outright to Indianapolis; Update on Edgar Santana

The Pittsburgh Pirates claimed left-handed pitcher Nik Turley from the Minnesota Twins in November of 2017, but a suspension and injury kept him from pitching this season. On Thursday, Turley cleared waivers and was sent outright to Indianapolis. Assuming the Pirates don’t bring him back, he will become a minor league free agent either after the World Series or sooner if he declares for early free agency.

Turley was suspended for 80 games back on January 27th after testing positive for Ipamorelin, a PED banned by MLB. While he was pitching down at Pirate City during his suspension, Turley suffered a left elbow strain and was placed on the 60-day DL right after the suspension ended. He never pitched again in 2018.

The 29-year-old southpaw made his big league debut in 2017 with the Minnesota Twins, posting a 11.21 ERA in 17.2 innings over ten appearances.

Santana has Tommy John Surgery

The Pirates announced that Edgar Santana had his Tommy John surgery today. It was announced just over a week ago that he would need the operation, so it’s not new information other than the fact that it happened today. Here’s the brief release from the Pirates:

Edgar Santana underwent right elbow ulnar collateral ligament reconstructive surgery today in Gulf Breeze, Florida, by Dr. James Andrews. The typical recovery time in returning to Major League competition is 14-to-16 months.

John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.

When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.

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