Cederlind (elbow) underwent Tommy John surgery Tuesday, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports.
Cederlind was diagnosed with a UCL strain earlier in March, and he had a second opinion that also recommended Tommy John surgery. As a result, the right-hander will miss the entire 2021 season and could also be sidelined to begin the 2022 campaign.
Cederlind (elbow) will get a second opinion to determine his recovery process, Kevin Gorman of TribLive.com reports.
Cederlind was diagnosed with a UCL strain and placed on the 60-day injured list Friday, and his second opinion will likely determine whether the issue will require surgery. Even if doctors don't recommend Tommy John surgery, Cederlind should be sidelined at least through the end of May.
Cederlind was placed on the 60-day injured list with a UCL strain Friday.
The Pirates haven't officially said the words "Tommy John surgery," but that's often the ultimate outcome for pitchers with UCL issues. Even if Cederlind's injury isn't bad enough to require surgery, he'll be out until the end of May at a minimum.
Cederlind recorded just two outs Wednesday, allowing one run on one hit, two walks and a hit batsman against the Yankees.
Cederlind's struggles likely took him out of the running for a bullpen spot to start 2021. He threw only 14 of 24 pitches for strikes to the six batters he faced. While the hard-throwing righty did not look good Wednesday, he has the potential to contribute at the big-league level as soon as this summer.
Cederlind allowed one run in one inning Friday, surrendering a solo homer to the Phillies' Andrew McCutchen, DK Pittsburgh Sports reports.
While he's not in the discussion to serve as the team's closer by Opening Day, the 22-year-old likely figures into the closer's mix before season's end. The only hit he gave up Friday came off his 98-mph sinker.
Cederlind pitched a perfect sixth inning in his MLB debut in Tuesday's 4-1 loss to Cincinnati.
Cederlind was slowed by COVID-19 during summer camp but put himself into position for a promotion. He threw nine of 14 pitches for strikes and reached 99.5 mph with his fastball. The 24-year-old possesses electric stuff and figures to be in the mix for high-leverage relief situations in 2021.
Cederlin was recalled by the Pirates on Tuesday.
The 24-year-old righty is set to make his big-league debut. He posted a 2.28 ERA in 59.1 innings of relief across the three highest levels of the minors last year, though that came with an unimpressive combination of a 21.9 percent strikeout rate and a 9.6 percent walk rate, and just three of those innings came at the Triple-A level. Jason Martin was optioned in a corresponding move.
General manager Ben Cherington said Sunday that Cederlind was not under consideration for recall following a rash of injuries to the team's pitching staff, 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh reports.
Pitchers Cody Ponce and Sam Howard were recalled from the team's taxi squad Sunday. Cederlind missed several weeks while recovering from COVID-19, altering his pitching timeline. "He's still a little behind the other guys," Cherington said. The general manager noted that Cederlind is an important part of the team's future, but he's not quite ready for an MLB debut.
Pirates general manager Ben Cherington said Thursday that Cederlind (illness) has been cleared for workouts and will report to the team's satellite camp in Altoona, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports.
Before he was revealed to have tested positive for COVID-19 in the first week of July, Cederlind was expected to contend for a spot in the Pirates' Opening Day bullpen. Since the Pirates have never formally called Cederlind up from the minors, he won't have to be placed on the COVID-19 injured list and is eligible to join the big-league roster if or when Pittsburgh might need an extra reliever. While he awaits a potential callup, Cederlind will work out regularly in Altoona in an attempt to get his arm reconditioned for game action following his multi-week shutdown.
Manager Derek Shelton announced Sunday that Cederlind tested positive for COVID-19, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
The team received consent from the right-hander to share news of the positive test, but Shelton was unable to specify whether he's symptomatic. Cederlind had a strong spring training with 4.2 hitless innings and nine strikeouts to help earn a spot in the team's 60-man roster pool, but he'll need to produce two negative test results before being cleared to join his teammates.
Cederlind was added to the Pirates' 60-man player pool Sunday.
The 24-year-old hurled 4.2 hitless relief innings during spring training, striking out nine batters while walking four. Cederlind stands to benefit from the increased dependency on relievers in 2020, especially with Edgar Santana serving an 80-game suspension. While he's unlikely to begin the campaign pitching in high-leverage situations, the right-hander could move up in the pecking order with a strong start.
Cederlind was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis on Monday, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports.
After making his debut at the Triple-A level in 2019, Cederlind was able to open spring training at major-league camp, but he'll now head to the Triple-A level to prepare for the start of the minor-league season. The 24-year-old hurled 4.2 no-hit relief innings in the Grapefruit League, walking four batters while whiffing nine. He packages a fastball approaching 100 mph and an improving breaking ball. Cederlind could make his major-league debut in 2020 with a strong start and could even figure in the closer's mix at some point.
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