Injury Updates: Ji-Man Choi Expected to Miss Eight Weeks, Updated Info on Rob Zastryzny

Pittsburgh Pirates Director of Sports Medicine Todd Tomczyk met with the local media prior to Wednesday’s afternoon game against the Colorado Rockies for some injury updates.

UPDATED: In the original report seen below from Todd Tomczyk, he said that Rob Zastryzny will be shut down for 7-10 weeks. A second statement was given later in the day that Tomczyk misspoke, and it’s only 7-10 days before he’s reevaluated. That’s quite a huge difference, and a much better update than likely not returning before the All-Star break.

The headline was that first baseman Ji-Man Choi is expected to miss extended time. Choi went on the 10-day Injured List on Saturday with an ankle injury that turned out to be an Achilles strain. The Pirates said since then that he was going to miss more than the minimum time, but now we are hearing that he is expected to miss eight weeks.

Choi was hitting .125/.125/.344 over nine games at the time of the injury. He has connected on two solo homers for his only RBIs. He has zero walks and 15 strikeouts in 32 plate appearances.

Tomczyk also gave thee pitching updates and two of them are bad news. Jarlin Garcia is still unable to grip a baseball, which means he is nowhere near close to being ready to join the Pirates. There is no timetable for his possible return. He has not pitched this season.

Rob Zastryzny is dealing with left ulnar neuritis. Tomczyk said that he will be shut down for 7-10 weeks. Even under the best case scenario, he won’t start throwing again until early June, which means we are unlikely to see him in Pittsburgh before the All-Star break.

The one bit of good news on the injury side is that Chase De Jong will throw a live BP in a few days. He was placed on the Injured List five days ago with a back issue.

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Z injury has been updated, the trainer misspoke, is 7-10 days.


Holderman not being available last night after Monday off was a bit strange, hope he’s ok.


Addition by subtraction. Choi’s tenure in Pittsburgh seems to have been doomed from the start. My son and I like to say the name Zastryzny to each other several times a day for kicks but it always seemed a rather exotic thing to have a journeyman lefty stick all year. Perhaps a little turnover down roster isn’t a bad thing. Does it matter if De Jong is back (pun intended) or not? Nice guy, though. The real tough one out is Cruz. Let’s hope none of the other major players hit the list, too.


Ji-man apparently was injured in spring training. Didn’t do himself or the Pirates any favors by trying to play through it.


“Good news” for Chase mostly.


What about Burrows?

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Second opinion pushed back to next week


I’m not nervous … not nervous…

b mcferren

add Andujar to the roster and send down Canaan


Andujar will get another chance, mostly because he’s getting pay million dollars this year!

b mcferren

yinz have any idea how insurance policies work on these contracts?


I dont believe clubs purchase insurance except on the extremely large contracts and for career/life-ending injuries. I remember court cases about Albert Belle’s insurance and whether he was permanently disabled from playing baseball.


Take your time Chase.


AND Choi AND Rob. 🤣🤣🤣


So i guess Choi and Zastryzny to the 60 day IL?

2 open spots for any semi interesting SP’s that hit the wire i guess?


Bolton and Bido will be next to be selected.


Bolton would need to be stretched out first.

i have little issue with bido absorbing a few starts if need be.


Doubt there will be any ‘interesting’ SPs this early. Probably hit up Indy for a few bodies.


elsewhere i brought up that JB Bukauskas was just DFA’d and was passed on by the pirates.

im using the word “interesting” VERY loosely.

i mean “guy who can come up and pop 5 IP starts with a 4.7 ERA if needed and maybe was on a top prospect list once”.

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