Caminero struck out four batters in two scoreless innings Friday against the A's. Since returning from the DL on June 11, Caminero has posted a 1.42 ERA with an 11:6 K:BB in 12.2 innings. He's still slotted as a middle-innings reliever, but the improvement he's shown has likely saved his spot in the bullpen.
Caminero (quadriceps) was activated from the 15-day disabled list Saturday, Travis Sawchick of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. After some struggles in his first rehab outing, Caminero settled down and tossed three scoreless frames in the following two appearances. The 28-year-old reliever has done enough for the Pirates to deem him healthy, and he will retake his spot in the bullpen as a result. The club sent Kyle Lobstein and Cole Figueroa to the minors in corresponding moves to open up a spot on the 25-man roster for both Caminero and Rob Scahill.
Caminero (quadriceps) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Indianapolis on Friday. The Pirates placed Caminero on the DL last week with a left quad strain, but in light of his progress, he appears on track to return when first eligible or shortly thereafter. Caminero throws his fastball in the upper-90s, but he hasn't had a clue where it's going this season, with his walk rate ballooning to nearly 15 percent.
Caminero (quad) has thrown off a slope successfully and is getting close to a rehab assignment, Stephen J. Nesbitt of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Caminero will look to improve on his 5.19 ERA and 2.13 WHIP when he returns from the DL. More information regarding the status of his recovery will likely be available once he partakes in a rehab assignment.
Caminero was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with a left quad strain. It's unclear when the injury occurred, but the injury is apparently severe enough to send Caminero to the DL. This injury may also explain his recent struggles, including the horrific outing Tuesday where he hit two players with pitches. Whatever the case is, the right-hander will get some time off to nurse his ailment and might even get a chance to get some pitching experience against minor league hitters in a rehab assignment. There is currently no timetable for his return, although that may become clearer as he advances in his rehab process. To fill his spot on the major league roster, left-hander Kyle Lobstein was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis.