The Pittsburgh Pirates announced that left-handed pitcher Steven Brault has been shut down due to a left shoulder muscle strain. He will be reassessed in two weeks.
Steven Brault has been shut down from throwing activities with a left shoulder muscle strain, the Pirates announce. Expect to reassess his situation in two weeks.
— Jake Crouse (@JakeCrouseMLB) March 2, 2020
This is the third pitcher lost by the Pirates in the last two days. Yesterday it was announced that Clay Holmes will miss the beginning of the season due to a fractured right fibula. This morning Tom Koehler announced his retirement after attempting to come back from shoulder surgery. Holmes and Brault were both favorites for the Opening Day roster and now neither of them will be available on March 26th when the Pirates open up in Tampa.
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