The Pirates had been trying to get Oneil Cruz back this season. That doesn’t look like it will happen at this point. Justice delos Santos reports that Cruz has stopped his running progression due to left foot general soreness.
Oneil Cruz’s rehab has “plateaued,” per director of sports medicine Todd Tomczyk. Cruz has stopped his running progression due to left foot general soreness.
Regarding if Cruz can still play this year, Tomczyk said, “It’s tough to tell right now, but we are running out of days.”
— Justice delos Santos (@justdelossantos) August 23, 2023
There’s an argument that Cruz could benefit from returning and heading into the offseason with everyone knowing he’s healthy. The Pirates are counting on him to be one of their biggest producers, and this injury raises a lot of questions. The better approach would be to ensure he’s healthy for next season by not rushing him back.
QUICK PIRATES RECAP
PIRATES (57-70) VS Cardinals
Score: Cardinals 6, Pirates 4
Pittsburgh Starter: Luis Ortiz, RHP (5.37)
–Line: 3.1 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 5 BB, 5 K, 0 HR
Player of the Game: Ke’Bryan Hayes, 3B (2-for-5, 2B, HR )
- Liover Peguero, 2B (2-for-4)
- Andrew McCutchen, DH (3-for-4, 3 2B)
One Sentence Recap: The Pirates couldn’t pull off the sweep against the Cardinals, but it’s good to see Ke’Bryan Hayes continue his hitting.
DAILY VIDEO RUNDOWN
Altoona won 8-1 last night on a good team-effort. Check out this recap from their Youtube account for the condensed version of the game. The Prospect Watch has live reports from the game.
DAILY ROSTER MOVES
- Dauri Moreta was optioned to Indianapolis to make room for Luis Ortiz. Moreta has been a strong reliever this year, but allowed a 11.57 ERA in 4.2 innings across five appearances before being sent down.
AROUND THE SYSTEM
I’m in Altoona this week, and the Prospect Watch has live reports each day.
Jared Triolo played his first three games back in Triple-A at second base. Last night, he got his first start at shortstop.
Aaron Shortridge continued his impressive pitching in August, taking on a lefty-heavy lineup last night.
My first report from last week’s trip to Greensboro is on the progress of Bubba Chandler. Check back later today for the next report from the High-A level.
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Owen Kellington, drafted in the fourth round of the 2021 draft, has a 1.13 ERA in 16 innings this month, after five shutout innings last night. Check out his line and all of the other action in the daily Prospect Watch.
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Tim is the owner, producer, editor, and lead writer of PiratesProspects.com. He has been running Pirates Prospects since 2009, becoming the first new media reporter and outlet covering the Pirates at the MLB level in 2011 and 2012. His work can also be found in Baseball America, where he has been a contributor since 2014 and the Pirates' correspondent since 2019.