The Pittsburgh Pirates will be without one of their starting pitchers for the rest of the month while a top prospect's season is in jeopardy.
Zach Duke will be placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained flexor pronator muscle, reports Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette . The move will be retroactive to June 17, making him eligible to come off on July 1. He is certain to miss at least two starts, so will likely come off a little later than the 1st.
The Bucs need a replacement starter for Saturday, but GM Neal Huntington said no decision has been made yet. The candidates include Dana Eveland and Charlie Morton, both currently in the bullpen for Pittsburgh and Triple-A hurlers Charlie Morton, Daniel McCutchen and Brian Burres.
Meanwhile, catcher Tony Sanchez, the No. 4 selection in the 2009 amateur draft, wil undergo jaw surgery that may knock him out for the rest of the year. He was hit by a pitch on the left side of his jaw on Tuesday, fracturing his jaw in two places. He will need his jaw wired shut, which will impact his nutritional intake. The team is unsure when he can return, but it will at the very least be an extended period of time that Sanchez is out.
-- Evan Brunell
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