Brault (lat) was transferred to the 60-day injured list Monday. Brault was placed on the injured list with a recurrent left lat strain Saturday, and he'll be sidelined for the remainder of the season following his move to the 60-day IL. The southpaw made seven starts in 2021 and recorded a 5.86 ERA and 1.63 WHIP in 27.2 innings. He'll now work toward returning to full health in time for spring training in 2022.
Brault was placed on the 10-day injured list with a recurrent left lat strain Saturday, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Brault was removed from Friday's game against the Nationals due to left arm discomfort, but he's apparently been dealing with a lat issue for some time. He'll miss at least one turn through the rotation, and it's not yet clear whether he'll have enough time to return prior to the end of the regular season. Right-hander Connor Overton was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis on Saturday, but the Pirates haven't announced who will take Brault's place in the rotation.
Brault exited Friday's game against the Nationals due to left arm discomfort, Jake Crouse of MLB.com reports. Brault allowed two runs on two hits and two walks while striking out one in two innings to begin Friday's game, but he was replaced to begin the third inning. It's not yet clear whether he'll be forced to miss additional time due to his injury. If he's cleared to make his next turn through the rotation, the southpaw tentatively lines up to start at home Thursday against the Reds.
Brault allowed five runs on seven hits and four walks while striking out four in four innings versus the Cubs on Friday. He did not factor in the decision. The southpaw didn't bounce back very well after getting lit up for seven runs in three innings versus St. Louis last Saturday. Brault had given up just four runs in 18.2 innings across his first four starts prior to his recent two-start skid. He now owns a 5.61 ERA, 1.60 WHIP and 18:10 K:BB in 25.2 innings this year. The 29-year-old lines up for a home start versus Detroit next week.
Brault (0-3) lasted only three innings against St. Louis on Saturday, allowing seven runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out one to take the loss. The left-hander breezed through the first inning and gave up two runs in the second before falling apart in the third. The Cardinals got to Brault for six hits and five runs in that frame, with opposing pitcher Adam Wainwright dealing the final blow with a run-scoring single. Brault hadn't given up more than two earned runs in any of his previous four appearances this season, but Saturday's disastrous start pushed his ERA from 1.93 all the way up to 4.57. He'll try to bounce back in his next start, which is tentatively scheduled to come on the road against the Cubs next week.
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