Masterson (shoulder) has been transferred to Triple-A Indianapolis, where he is scheduled to make two starts before the Pirates make a decision on whether to recall him, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports. Masterson's shoulder issues appear to be behind him and he is set to face stiffer competition up at Triple-A Indianapolis. He'll make at least two starts, and if he's able to get through them without any issues, he could be on his way back to the major leagues. In his lone start at High-A Bradenton, Masterson allowed two runs over five innings while racking up eight strikeouts and three walks.
Masterson (shoulder) continues to make progress while pitching in extended spring training. "It's just a matter of trying to build him up and continuing to try to build some arm strength, as well as continuing to take steps forward to allow him to repeat his mechanics," GM Neal Huntington told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "But so far, so good." Huntington said Masterson gradually has stretched out his outings to four innings, while his velocity has increased as well. The righty struggled in 2015, compiling a 5.61 ERA and 1.60 WHIP in 59.1 innings before undergoing arthroscopic shoulder surgery in September.
Masterson (shoulder) agreed to a minor league deal with the Pirates on Thursday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports. Masterson held a showcase in late March for teams to demonstrate that he had recovered from shoulder surgery in September. He impressed the Pirates organization enough for them to take a minor league flier on him, but there's no word on which affiliate he'll be assigned to at this point. The Pirates' rotation appears to be cemented at the major league level, but Masterson could potentially be called up later in the season to eat up some innings out of the bullpen.
Masterson (shoulder) plans on throwing at a showcase in late March, Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports. The veteran right-hander has bounced around several different organizations since his All-Star season with the Indians in 2013 and was most recently with the Red Sox last season before being released in August. He is attempting to make a comeback after undergoing shoulder surgery in September and, according to Cotillo, Masterson will have plenty of interested parties at his showcase. Still, even if he lands a deal with a major league club, there isn't a particularly high fantasy ceiling for a 31-year-old pitcher that is coming off multiple injury-shortened seasons.
The Red Sox parted ways with pitcher Justin Masterson on Wednesday, reports The Boston Globe. Masterson was designated for assignment earlier this month after posting 5.61 ERA over 59 1/3 innings.
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