The Pittsburgh Pirates got some bad news on Sunday according to manager Derek Shelton. Pitcher Clay Holmes will miss the start of the season after suffering a fracture in his foot on Saturday night.

According to Shelton, Holmes will be in a walking boot for 4-6 weeks. With Opening Day just 25 days away, Holmes will miss the start of the season. Considering that he will need to get completely stretched out again once the boot is removed, Holmes probably won’t see any game action before May, and even then he will likely start with minor league rehab games. With no options remaining, Holmes seemed likely to win a bullpen spot, so this opens up a spot for someone else in the competition.

UPDATE: Pirates post an update that Holmes is out with a fractured right fibula.

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