Brault (shoulder) will resume throwing in 3-to-5 days, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports.
Brault is said to be in the "advanced stages of rehab" from the left shoulder strain that shut him down in early March. It's taken him longer than expected to get to this point, but the southpaw is now ready to start ramping back up in preparation for what figures to be a sixth-starter/swingman role for the Pirates.
Brault (shoulder) has yet to resume throwing, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Brault was shut down from throwing for at least two weeks due to a shoulder strain back on March 2. It's now been nearly four weeks and nothing has changed on that front. With the resumption of play still up in the air, however, it remains to be seen whether or not he'll miss any game action.
Brault (shoulder) has made progress but won't make the Opening Day roster, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Brault was shut down with a strained left shoulder at the start of March. He'll be re-evaluated later this week but won't have time to build back up to regular-season shape by Opening Day. His expected return date should become clearer following his doctor's visit.
Brault won't throw for two weeks due to a strained left shoulder.
Brault also dealt with a shoulder strain last season, which sent him to the injured list for nearly a month over the summer. Since he won't even be re-evaluated until just 10 days before the start of the regular season, another trip to the injured list to begin this year appears quite likely.
Brault threw a scoreless inning against Detroit on Sunday, retiring the side in order on eight pitches (six strikes).
He's competing with Derek Holland and Chad Kuhl for the team's fifth starter's spot, but even if he doesn't start the year in the rotation, he could begin 2020 in the bullpen. Brault does have one minor-league option remaining, though it would be surprising to see him sent to Triple-A after spending nearly all of 2019 with Pittsburgh. There has been little talk of converting Brault into a two-way player despite speculation of such last September.
Brault could be used as a two-way player in 2020, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
He was approached by Pirates brass during his exit interview to gauge his interest in potentially picking up some innings in the outfield to get some more at-bats next season. This year he hit .341 with one home run and an 8:1 K:BB in 49 plate appearances. This obviously isn't a Shohei Ohtani situation and Brault isn't even as prolific at the plate as Michael Lorenzen, but it could be a way for him to stick on the 25-man roster going forward.
Brault struck out 10 while allowing four runs on four hits with four walks across five innings in a no-decision against the Reds on Friday.
The left-hander pitched so well in June, July and August, but he ruined all the progress he made with an ERA more than 9.00 over 24.2 September innings. At least he struck out a season-high 10 batters Friday night. Brault ends the season with a 4-6 record, 5.16 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and 100 strikeouts in 113.1 innings.
Brault (4-6) took the loss in Friday's 10-1 rout at the hands of the Brewers, coughing up six runs (four earned) on six hits and three walks over 5.1 innings. He struck out six.
A Kevin Newman error took some of the sting out of the damage to his ERA, but this was still the third straight poor outing for Brault as he fades down the stretch. The southpaw will make one more trip to the mound in 2019, carrying a 5.07 ERA and 90:49 K:BB through 108.1 innings into Friday's home start against the Reds.
Brault (4-5) allowed 10 runs on eight hits with three walks and two strikeouts across 2.2 innings while taking a loss against the Cubs on Friday.
All of Brault's great progress has gone down the tubes in his last two starts, as he's yielded 15 earned runs in his last eight innings, raising his ERA a whole run. Brault had posted a 2.86 ERA in his prior 15 appearances before Sept. 7. His biggest problem Friday was the home run, as he yielded five long balls, matching how many homers he had allowed in his previous 12 outings combined. Brault now owns a 4.89 ERA, 1.48 WHIP and 84 strikeouts in 103 innings this season. He will look to get back on track Thursday at home against the Mariners.
Brault (4-4) allowed six runs (five earned) on six hits with two walks and two strikeouts across 5.1 innings while taking a loss against the Cardinals on Saturday.
The 27-year-old has made so many strides since a terrible beginning to the year, but this outing set him back a bit, as it was his worst start since May 12. Brault came into the night with a 2.71 ERA in his last 13 outings, but the rough night against the Cardinals pushed his ERA above 4.00 again. He has a 4.13 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 82 strikeouts in 100.1 innings this season. Brault is scheduled to pitch next in San Francisco on Thursday.
Brault (4-3) gave up two runs (one earned) on four hits and two walks while striking out five through 6.1 innings to record the win over the Rockies on Sunday.
Brault only allowed two hits entering the seventh inning, but he gave up another two hits in the seventh frame and was removed after allowing an RBI single after a fielding error. Brault uses his fastball the majority of the time, but 69 of his first 70 pitches were fastballs in this contest. The left-hander has a 3.88 ERA and a 4.25 FIP through 15 starts this season. Brault is scheduled to make his next start Saturday against the Cardinals at PNC Park.
Brault allowed three runs on eight hits with one walk and one strikeout across five innings during a no-decision against the Phillies on Tuesday.
The left-hander didn't pitch great, but the Pirates still had a lead when he left; however, that was quickly lost in the frame following his departure. While Brault hasn't recorded a win since June 14, he's largely blameless, as he owns a 3.10 ERA over his last 11 outings. He is 3-3 with a 4.06 ERA, 1.43 WHIP and 75 strikeouts in 88.2 innings this season. Brault will pitch in the thin air of Coors Field against the Rockies in his next start Sunday.
Brault (3-3) allowed two runs on seven hits with one walk and four strikeouts across six innings while taking a loss against the Nationals on Thursday.
For the first time all season, Brault's ERA has dipped below 4.00, but he's hardly been rewarded for all his great work. Over his last 11 starts, Brault owns a 2.62 ERA, and yet, he is also just 2-2 and hasn't won a game since June 14. Since returning from a shoulder injury Aug. 6, Brault has a 3.52 ERA but is 0-2. Overall, he possesses a 3.98 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 74 strikeouts in 83.2 innings this season. Brault will pitch next at the Phillies on Tuesday.
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.
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