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.
Brault allowed two runs (one earned) on five hits with three strikeouts and three walks across four innings during a no-decision against the Braves on Tuesday.
The left-hander failed to make it through five innings, so he wasn't going to factor into the decision anyway, but the Pirates' bullpen imploded during the late innings once again in this defeat. Brault still has unattractive numbers this season, but he's pitched better lately, posting a 2.45 ERA over his last four outings. Overall, he is 2-1 with a 5.45 ERA, 1.64 WHIP and 29 strikeouts in 34.2 innings over 10 appearances, including four starts. Brault is expected to remain in the rotation and pitch again at the Brewers on Sunday.
Manager Clint Hurdle suggested Brault will remain in the starting rotation, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports.
Brault has looked sharp in his past two appearances (one start), compiling a 1.64 ERA and 6:5 K:BB in 11 innings. As such, the left-hander will stick in the rotation for at least one more start, and as long as he holds his own, Brault could remain in the rotation until the Pirates get healthier. Brault is currently lined up to make his next start next week in Milwaukee.
Brault (2-1) threw 5.1 shutout innings with three hits, two walks and five strikeouts to earn a victory against the Reds on Wednesday.
The 27-year-old turned in his best outing of the season. In his last three starts, Brault has allowed four runs in 14.1 innings (2.51 ERA). Unfortunately, he dug himself a huge hole early in the season, so he still has a 5.87 ERA and 1.60 WHIP. With this encouraging outing and the amount of injuries the Pirates have in their rotation, there's a good chance Brault will start again soon.
Brault is listed as the Pirates' probable starter for Wednesday's game against the Reds, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports.
It's possible that the Pirates deploy Brault as a primary pitcher depending on how extensively the team's relief crew is needed in the first two games of the series, but he'll be in store for the bulk of the innings Wednesday in any case. While working as a primary pitcher Friday against the Dodgers, Brault turned in what might of been his best outing of 2019, giving up two runs on three hits and three walks in 5.2 innings. Even so, Brault's 7.11 ERA and 1.74 WHIP on the season limit his appeal to NL-only formats or deeper mixed leagues.
Brault is scheduled to pitch behind an opener Friday against the Dodgers, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports.
Brault earned the win as the primary pitcher Saturday and will once again follow an opener against the Dodgers. The 27-year-old has an 8.24 ERA, 1.93 WHIP and 20:13 K:BB through 19.2 innings and remains an unappealing fantasy option against one of the best offenses in the National League.
Brault (1-1) picked up the win Saturday, giving up two runs on four hits and four walks over 3.1 innings of relief while striking out two in a 7-2 victory over the Padres.
Rookie Montana DuRapau got the nod as the opener and worked two scoreless innings before handing the ball over to Brault, who was less effective but entered the game with the Bucs already up 5-0. The southpaw now has an 8.24 ERA and 20:13 K:BB through 19.2 innings, and it's not clear what his role will be going forward given that he's been scored upon in six of his seven appearances this season.
The Pirates listed Brault as a starting pitcher on their lineup card Wednesday, suggesting he's the most likely candidate to receive the nod for Saturday's game against the Padres, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
Recent injuries to Chris Archer (thumb) and Jameson Taillon (elbow) created spots in the rotation for both Brault and Nick Kingham, who had previously been working in long relief. Archer returned from the injured list Wednesday, however, leaving only one starting job left over for Brault, Kingham or the newly acquired Chris Stratton. Since the Pirates are listing both Kingham and Stratton among their bullpen crew, Brault would seemingly have an edge on retaining a rotation spot, but he probably doesn't have much security in that role. Brault labored in both of his first two starts and is sitting on an 8.82 ERA and 1.84 WHIP across 16.1 innings this season.
Brault allowed six runs on nine hits and two walks while fanning two over 3.2 innings Sunday in a no-decision against the Cardinals.
Brault struggled to settle in Sunday, allowing four runs in the first inning and another in the second on a solo blast. Despite this, his offense managed to bail him out by plating 10 runs in the contest, getting him off the hook for the loss. Brault sits with an ugly 8.82 ERA and an 18:9 K:BB through 16.1 innings this season. He's in jeopardy of losing his rotation spot to the newly acquired Chris Stratton.
Brault allowed two runs on two hits with five strikeouts and three walks across four innings in a no-decision against the Rangers on Tuesday.
The 27-year-old pitched fairly well, but he walked three batters and gave up a homer in four frames. One of those free passes was aboard when Brault allowed the bomb. After Brault gave up the lead in the fourth, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle pinch hit for Brault in the bottom of the inning. Brault probably did enough, though, to earn another start with Chris Archer (thumb) and Jameson Taillon (elbow) both on the injured list. He is 0-1 with a 7.11 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and 16 strikeouts in 12.2 innings this season.
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