Brault (3-2) allowed one run on two hits with one walk and eight strikeouts across seven innings but took the loss against the Cubs on Saturday.
The left-hander was absolutely brilliant, but the Pirates couldn't push across a run, as they stranded the bases loaded three times. Brault reached a new season high in strikeouts, and the only run he allowed was a solo shot to Kris Bryant, but that was enough to spoil his outing. Still, Brault has improved significantly since the beginning of the season, as he now owns a 4.06 ERA, 1.42 WHIP and 70 strikeouts in 77.2 innings this season. He will start next against the Nationals at home on Thursday.
Brault allowed four runs on five hits with three walks and three strikeouts across 4.2 innings during a no-decision against the Cardinals on Sunday.
The left-hander finished an out shy of qualifying for the win, but it wouldn't have mattered anyway, as the Pirates bullpen blew the lead the team built with Brault on the mound. This wasn't a great outing for the 27-year-old , though, with Brault walking as many batters as he struck out for the first time since June 4, and the homer he yielded was the first one in his last seven outings. Brault is 3-1 with a 4.33 ERA, 1.51 WHIP and 62 strikeouts in 70.2 innings this season. He will pitch again Saturday at home against the Cubs.
Brault allowed two runs on three hits with one walk and six strikeouts across 5.1 innings during a no-decision against the Brewers on Tuesday.
He needed the Pirates' offense to erase a two-run deficit after he left to avoid the loss, but Brault was overall pretty sharp in his first outing back from his shoulder injury. That's very encouraging because before landing on the IL, Brault was showing signs of significant improvement. In his last 10 starts, Brault is 3-0 with a 2.54 ERA, which has dropped his overall ERA to 4.09. In 19 appearances, including 10 starts, Brault is 3-1 with a 1.50 WHIP and 59 strikeouts in 66 innings this season. He will start again Sunday at the Cardinals.
Brault (shoulder) was activated from the 10-day injured list prior to his start Tuesday against the Brewers.
He gave up two runs on three hits and five walks while striking out two in four innings during his lone rehab start for Triple-A Indianapolis. Brault has a 3.35 ERA and 39:21 K:BB in 43 innings as a big-league starter this year. The Brewers rank 20th in the majors since June 1 with a 93 wRC+ against left-handed pitchers, so this is a fine matchup if Brault can keep the walks in check to some extent. If Brault stays in the rotation, he could get a second start this week Sunday against the Cardinals.
Brault (shoulder) will return from the injured list to start Tuesday against the Brewers, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports.
A shoulder strain has kept Brault out for nearly a month, but he's ready to go following just one rehab outing. He recorded a decent 4.15 ERA through nine starts and six relief appearances prior to the injury, though neither his 19.4 percent strikeout rate nor his 11.7 percent walk rate was particularly good.
Brault (shoulder) could return to the rotation after throwing a minor-league rehab outing in the coming week, general manager Neal Huntington told 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh.
Huntington said Brault felt good after throwing four simulated innings Saturday. "The next step is a rehab outing and then we'll determine the next step," Huntington stated. The lefty, who has missed three weeks, compiled a 2.20 ERA and 1.42 WHIP in his last eight appearances (41 innings) before getting hurt. Even if the rehab start on Wednesday or Thursday goes well, he won't return to the rotation until the following week at the earliest.
Brault (shoulder) threw a four-inning simulated game Saturday, Nubyjas Wilborn of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Brault fired 68 pitches and reported no issues afterwards. Assuming he checks out OK in the coming days, the right-hander should be cleared to begin a rehab assignment soon.
Brault (shoulder) will throw a simulated game over the weekend, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports.
He has thrown some bullpen sessions recently, including one on Wednesday, and is ready to move onto the next step in his rehab. It is unclear if he will need a rehab assignment before being activated.
Brault (shoulder) threw a bullpen session Sunday, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
Brault has been out with a strained left shoulder since early July. He's scheduled to throw another bullpen session Wednesday and a simulated game over the weekend, at which point his return timeline may become clearer.
Brault (shoulder) will likely throw off a mound over the weekend, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Brault landed on the injured list prior to the All-Star break with a left shoulder strain. He resumed throwing Sunday and could be cleared to throw off a slope in the near future, at which point a timetable for his return could come into focus. In the meantime, Dario Agrazal will continue to fill in for Brault in the rotation.
Brault (shoulder) will resume throwing Sunday, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Brault will be eligible to return from the injured list as soon as Tuesday but will need more time than that. Dario Agrazal is filling in for him in the rotation for now.
Manager Clint Hurdle suggested that Brault (shoulder) won't be ready to return from the 10-day injured list when first eligible July 16, Alan Saunders of the Associated Press reports.
Brault was diagnosed with a left shoulder strain following his final start before the All-Star break July 5 and apparently isn't quite ready to resume a throwing program. The Pirates should provide an update on Brault's condition later this weekend, but he'll at least miss one turn through the rotation. Dario Agrazal is scheduled to replace Brault when a fifth starter is first needed Tuesday in St. Louis.
Brault was placed on the 10-day injured list with a left shoulder strain Saturday.
Brault left his start Friday against the Brewers with what was originally called left shoulder discomfort. His diagnosis has now been upgraded to a strain. The severity of the strain remains unclear, but this move was to be expected regardless of how badly Brault is hurt, as the Pirates won't need him to pitch again for 10 days.
Brault left his start Friday against the Brewers with left shoulder discomfort, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
The severity of the issue is not yet clear. Brault will get at least a brief rest due to the All-Star break, and the Pirates could place him on the injured list regardless of how bad the injury is and have him come back to start July 16 when a fifth starter is next needed. Brault had allowed just one run on three hits in four innings of work prior to exiting Friday's game, walking two while striking out four.
Brault struck out five and allowed one run on five hits and three walks over 4.2 innings in a no-decision against the Brewers on Sunday.
Brault needed 97 pitches (61 strikes) to get through 4.2 frames, but it was the eighth straight appearance in which the 27-year-old allowed three or fewer runs. Brault will carry a 4.29 ERA into Friday's home rematch with Milwaukee.
Brault allowed three runs on six hits and three walks across five innings Sunday against the Padres. He struck out four and didn't factor into the decision.
Brault dealt with traffic throughout this one, allowing at least one runner to reach base in all five innings in which he appeared while yielding at least one run in the first and fourth frames. Despite his lackluster outing Sunday, Brault still owns a 2.53 ERA, 1.55 WHIP and 18:9 K:BB through four starts (21.1 innings) this month. Assuming he sticks in the rotation for another turn, his next outing will come on the road against the Brewers.
Brault will start Sunday against the Padres, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Brault will get another start with Jordan Lyles (hamstring) not quite ready to return from the injured list. The southpaw has impressed over his past five appearances, compiling a 1.65 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 20:11 K:BB in 27.1 innings. He could make a case to stay in the rotation beyond Sunday's outing with a strong showing.
Brault is a candidate to start Sunday's game against the Tigers, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
Brault's season-long numbers (4.40 ERA, 1.55 WHIP in 47 innings) aren't anything special, but he's been stingy over the past month, allowing only eight runs (seven earned) in 30.2 innings spanning six outings (four starts). However, with Trevor Williams (side) set to return from the injured list Wednesday and Jordan Lyles (hamstring) in line for a potential reinstatement by the end of the week, Brault's role is currently in flux. If Lyles -- who threw a four-inning simulated game Tuesday -- is given the green light return from the IL to start Sunday, Brault would likely move to the bullpen at least for the current week. In such a scenario, the lefty could still re-enter the rotation next week, but only if the Pirates decide to demote Mitch Keller to Triple-A Indianapolis.
Brault (3-1) tossed six scoreless innings while allowing eight hits and no walks with six strikeouts to earn a victory against the Marlins on Friday.
This is exactly what the Pirates needed to snap their seven-game losing streak. While Brault did allow eight hits, which was his most allowed in a game since May 12, none were for extra bases, and the Marlins went 1-for-5 with runners in scoring position. Brault got off to a horrific start this season, but he owns a 3-0 record with a 2.05 ERA in his last six starts. Overall, Brault has a 4.40 ERA, 1.55 WHIP and 40 strikeouts in 47 innings. He will start again Friday at home against the Padres.
Brault surrendered two runs on five hits and three walks while striking out five over 6.1 innings Sunday in a no-decision against the Brewers.
Brault tossed five scoreless innings to begin the day, but he gave up a solo homer in the sixth and another run crossed the plate in the seventh. He didn't factor into the decision, though he certainly pitched well enough to earn the victory, but the Brewers scored three in the eighth to break a 2-2 tie. The 27-year-old owns a 5.05 ERA and 1.59 WHIP with a 34:24 K:BB across 41 innings this season.
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