Steven Brault Leaves Early Due to Shoulder Discomfort

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced the left-handed pitcher Steven Brault left Friday night’s game early due to left shoulder discomfort. He is currently being examined and treated by the Pirates medical staff.

Brault went four innings, allowing one run on three hits and two walks, with four strikeouts, throwing 81 pitches. He faced one batter in the fifth before leaving with the trainer.

The Pirates have just two more games before four days off for the All-Star break, so there won’t be any immediate impact if he is injured. Brault has been pitching well for over a month, so it will hurt them if he’s out for any extended amount of time. A need for a fifth starter doesn’t come up for another 11 days.