Pirates director of sports medicine Todd Tomczyk said Wednesday that Allen (hamstring) has resumed baseball activities in Florida, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Tomczyk noted that the switch-hitting Allen is batting only from the right side at the moment, so the 29-year-old is seemingly still not able to generate full torque from the left side while he nurses a strained hamstring of that leg. Allen should be able to hit from the left side before he's able to run at full speed and change direction, which will be the final activity he'll need to complete before the Pirates send him out on a rehab assignment. Allen doesn't look like he'll be ready for game action for at least a couple weeks after the Pirates placed him on the 60-day injured list prior to the start of the regular season.
Allen (hamstring) was placed on the 60-day injured list Thursday. Allen tweaked his hamstring during Sunday's Grapefruit League matchup against the Rays and was expected to begin the regular season on the IL as a result. His placement on the 60-day IL will clear a spot on the 40-man roster and means he'll be sidelined for at least the first two months of the season. The 29-year-old slashed .294/.538/.765 with two homers, a triple, seven runs, four RBI and four stolen bases this spring, so it's certainly possible that he joins the major-league club once he's healthy.
Allen (hamstring) won't be available for Thursday's season opener in St. Louis and is expected to be placed on either the 10- or 60-day injured list, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Allen was sent in for an MRI after he exited Sunday's Grapefruit League game against the Rays with left hamstring tightness, and though the Pirates have yet to reveal the results of his imaging, he's seemingly dealing with more than a minor strain. Considering that a stint on the 60-day IL is potentially on the table for Allen, expect him to miss more than the minimum amount of time even if Pittsburgh opts to place him on the 10-day IL instead. Before suffering his injury, Allen was making a strong case for a spot on the Opening Day roster.
Allen was removed from Sunday's Grapefruit League game against the Rays in the top of the third inning due to left hamstring discomfort, Alex Stumpf of DKPittsburghSports.com reports. He was seen grabbing at the hamstring after he scored on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the second. Allen's late-spring injury is a less-than-ideal development for the Pirates with one of their other outfield options in Anthony Alford (hand) already expected to begin the season on the injured list. The Pirates are viewing Allen as day-to-day for the time being until he goes through a formal medical evaluation later Sunday.
Allen was claimed off waivers by the Pirates on Friday, Robert Murray of FanSided.com reports. Allen should in theory have a clearer path to playing time in Pittsburgh than he did with the Yankees. It's far from guaranteed that he earns regular at-bats, however, as he's a lifetime .241/.307/.348 hitter in 666 trips to the plate whose defense doesn't grade out particularly well in center field despite his speed.