Schugel (shoulder) was reinstated from the 60-day disabled list Saturday and outrighted to Triple-A Indianapolis.
Schugel, who hasn't pitched at the big-league level this season, has a 6.19 ERA in 16 innings split between Indianapolis and High-A Bradenton. Since he's not on the 40-man roster, it's unlikely that the 29-year-old will be called up in September.
Schugel (shoulder) began a rehab assignment at High-A Bradenton earlier this month and has made three appearances with the affiliate, giving up three runs on five hits and no walks over 2.2 innings while striking out six.
Schugel has been on the disabled list all season while dealing with right shoulder discomfort, which he first experienced during spring training. He was able to begin a rehab assignment in mid-April, but was shut down three weeks later after suffering a setback. It seems that Schugel is feeling good again following a three-month layoff, but it seems likely that the Pirates will let him build up his arm in the minors for the next couple weeks before activating him from the DL until rosters expand in September. He's slated to shift his current assignment to Triple-A Indianapolis this week.
Schugel (shoulder) is expected to resume pitching in simulated games next week, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
Pirates director of sports medicine Todd Tomczyk said the team would wait and see how Schugel looks while pitching in a controlled setting before a target date for the right-hander's return is established. Since Schugel has been on the disabled list all season with right shoulder discomfort, he would likely need close to the full 30-day rehab window in the minors before being activated. Schugel doesn't appear on track to rejoin the Pirates until at least August.
Schugel (shoulder) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list Wednesday.
The move opens up a spot on the 40-man roster for Tanner Anderson, whose contract was selected in a corresponding move. Schugel's timeline is unlikely to be affected, as he hasn't pitched all year and has therefore already spent the required 60 days on the disabled list. He has recently resumed his throwing program, though his return date is not yet clear.
Schugel (shoulder) recently resumed a throwing program and has played catch off flat ground four or five times, Elizabeth Bloom of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Schugel had been shut down for much of the past month after he received a platelet-rich plasma injection to address renewed soreness in his throwing shoulder. It's expected that he'll gradually expand his throwing distance over the next week before potentially returning to mound work. The right-hander has been sidelined all season with the injury and will be one of the top candidates to shift to the 60-day disabled list when the Pirates need to create room on the 40-man roster for another player.
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