Pirates LHP Beimel won't be ready for opening day

CBSSports.com wire reports

BRADENTON, Fla. -- Pittsburgh left-hander Joe Beimel wont' be ready for opening day, leaving the Pirates without their main offseason bullpen acquisition.

Beimel has been hampered much of spring training by injuries to his forearm and elbow. The 33-year-old is healthy and has resumed throwing off a mound, but said Friday that he needs time to get into game shape.

"I started looking at the calendar and realized it was going to be pretty hard to do," Beimel said. "I'm not going to go out there if all my stuff isn't working. I don't want to have to rush to get ready for a date that doesn't really mean anything. It is opening day, but I'm looking to be healthy for the entire season. I think this will work out to be best for myself and for the team."

Beimel will throw a bullpen session Sunday. After that, the team will determine whether he needs to throw another round or two of batting practice, or if he's good to pitch in a game. Then, it's a matter of how many games it will take before he's ready.

"He might be ready by the time the minor league season begins [the second week of April]," general manager Neal Huntington said. "If not, then we decide to either send him to [Triple-A ] Indianapolis or to [Double-A] Altoona or keep him here in Bradenton [for extended spring]. It will be a day-by-day process."

Beimel is in camp on a minor league contract with a major league clause worth $1.75 million.

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