Stratton (side) was reinstated from the 10-day injured list Tuesday. Stratton had been out of action since late May. He has a very poor 7.88 ERA and 1.99 WHIP in 37.2 innings this season but nevertheless found his way back on the Pirates' roster, at least for now. Yefry Ramirez was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis in a corresponding move.
Director of sports medicine Todd Tomczyk said Wednesday that Stratton (side) will make another minor-league rehab appearance in the upcoming days, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports. Stratton kicked off his rehab assignment at Triple-A Indianapolis on Tuesday, working two innings and giving up one run on two hits while striking out two. The Pirates will likely push up Stratton's pitch count in his next outing, which could allow him to resurface as a potential rotation option for the big club once he's reinstated from the 10-day injured list. Since being acquired from the Angels on May 11, Stratton worked exclusively in relief for the Pirates, giving up five runs on 12 hits and two walks in 8.1 innings across four appearances.
General manager Neal Huntington said Sunday that Stratton (side) will begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A Indianapolis this week, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Stratton will move on to the next phase of his recovery from the side injury after throwing a one-inning simulated game Saturday without any discomfort. Though the Pirates' rotation depth has taken a hit in recent weeks with injuries to Jameson Taillon (elbow), Trevor Williams (side) and Rookie Davis (finger) in addition to Nick Kingham being designated for assignment, Stratton is still expected to fill a multi-inning relief role once he returns from the 10-day injured list.
Stratton (side) threw a simulated game Saturday, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports. The right-hander threw one inning Saturday and reported feeling good afterward. An official timeline for his return hasn't been set, but he appears to be on the right track.
Stratton (side) could throw a simulated game over the weekend, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports. Stratton has been on the shelf since May 25 with a side injury. He remains without a timetable for his return at the moment, though one will hopefully come into focus after he faces live hitters. Stratton owns a 7.88 ERA, 1.99 WHIP and 30:20 K:BB in 37.2 innings (five starts, six relief appearances) this season.