Contreras (forearm) allowed one run in two innings while pitching for Double-A Altoona on Wednesday. He gave up one hit, no walks and struck out three. He threw 37 pitches (24 for strikes) in his first appearance since June 30. One of Pittsburgh's top pitching prospects, Contreras has registered a 2.44 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and 68:11 K:BB in 48 Double-A innings. Most importantly, it appears he's moved past the forearm injury that caused him to miss two months of development.
Pirates general manager Ben Cherington said Sunday that Contreras (forearm) recently faced hitters in a live batting practice session, Jake Crouse of MLB.com reports. Contreras is scheduled to throw another live BP this week before he's cleared to return to game action. The Pirates could send Contreras out on a brief rehab assignment in the rookie-level Florida Complex League to have him build up his pitch count before he returns from the 7-day injured list at Double-A Altoona. Over his nine starts with Altoona prior to being shut down with a right forearm strain, Contreras posted a 2.35 ERA, 0.91 WHIP and 65:11 K:BB In 46 innings.
Contreras (forearm) has resumed playing catch from 75-90 feet, Kevin Gorman of TribLive.com reports. Contreras returned to Double-A Altoona last week to resume his rehab, and he's increased his throwing distance recently. The Pirates haven't yet announced when the right-hander could resume mound work.
Contreras (forearm) has resumed rehabbing at Double-A Altoona, Kevin Gorman of TribLive.com reports. Contreras stepped away from Double-A Altoona in early June due to a forearm muscle strain, but he's rejoined the minor-league club. It's not yet clear when the right-hander will be able to return to game action, but he appears to be trending in the right direction in his recovery.
Contreras has been diagnosed with a forearm muscle strain, Kevin Gorman of TribLive.com reports. Contreras experienced forearm soreness recently, and he stepped away from Double-A Altoona. The team is encouraged that the right-hander's injury isn't related to his ligaments, and Pirates director of sports medicine Todd Tomczyk is hopeful that Contreras could resume throwing in 2-to-4 weeks, Mike Persak of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. A better idea of the 21-year-old's return timetable could come into focus once he's cleared to resume throwing.
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