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Pirates' Steven Brault: Nearing mound work
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.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' Keone Kela: Another rehab outing tabbed
Kela (shoulder) will make a rehab appearance for Triple-A Indianapolis on Thursday, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
Kela has made a pair of rehab appearances for Indianapolis over the past week, allowing two runs and striking out three across 1.1 innings. The right-hander has been sidelined since early May with shoulder inflammation and will likely need multiple more minor-league appearances before being cleared to return.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' Erik Gonzalez: Ready for new rehab stint
Gonzalez (collarbone/hamstring) will begin a new rehab assignment with Triple-A Indianapolis on Wednesday, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
Gonzalez was pulled off his previous rehab stint with Indianapolis due to a hamstring injury, but he's ready to return to minor-league action after taking a handful of days to rest and recover. The 27-year-old has been sidelined since mid-April with a fractured clavicle.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' Gregory Polanco: Pulled off rehab assignment
Polanco's (shoulder) has been shut down after suffering a setback during his rehab assignment, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports.
Polanco will head back to Pittsburgh for further evaluation after suffering a setback during his rehab outing with Triple-A Indianapolis on Sunday. Team trainer Todd Tomczyk relayed that the outfielder's shoulder is "strong and stable," however the team is still working to "figure out the details of what's causing the soreness and the discomfort in the back of the shoulder," according to Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' Edgar Santana: Throws off slope
Santana (elbow) threw off a slope this week, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports.
Teams have slopes at their spring training complexes, which are essentially mini mounds. Santana is working his way back from Tommy John surgery, but is not expected to return until spring training of 2020.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' Chad Kuhl: Throws off slope
Kuhl (elbow) threw off a slope this week, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports.
Teams have slopes at their spring training complexes, which are essentially mini mounds. Kuhl is working his way back from Tommy John surgery, but is not expected to return until spring training of 2020.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' Francisco Cervelli: Not yet cleared for games
Cervelli (concussion) is still working through the program and is not yet cleared for games, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports.
There was a bit of a controversy in Pittsburgh last week when Cervelli refuted a report that he was done catching. It seems like he had a change of heart, although it's certainly understandable that he would consider giving up catching, given that this is at least his sixth concussion since 2011. He is without a timetable to return.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' Corey Dickerson: Out of Wednesday's lineup
Dickerson is not in Wednesday's lineup against the Cardinals.
He is hitting just .219 with zero home runs in 32 at-bats this month. Melky Cabrera gets the start in left field, hitting fifth.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' Adam Frazier: Sitting Wednesday
Frazier is not in Wednesday's lineup against the Cardinals.
He is hitting .435 with one home run and one steal in 46 at-bats this month. Kevin Newman starts at second base while Jung Ho Kang gets the start at shortstop.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' Elias Diaz: Out of Wednesday's lineup
Diaz is not in Wednesday's lineup against the Cardinals.
Diaz is in the midst of an 0-for-13 slump. Jacob Stallings will start behind the dish and bat eighth.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' Josh Bell: Takes seat Wednesday afternoon
Bell isn't in Wednesday's starting lineup against the Cardinals.
He's played in all but one of Pittsburgh's first 94 games and is slashing .220/.313/.504 since the end of May. Bell has still produced power during his slump, however, hitting nine homers and 32 RBI over the stretch. Jose Osuna will replace him for the afternoon at first base.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' Dario Agrazal: Yields one run
Agrazal allowed one run on five hits with three walks and zero strikeouts across six innings during a no-decision against the Cardinals on Tuesday.
The 24-year-old has really struggled to miss bats. He has just seven strikeouts in 22 frames, and despite decent control, he actually has more walks (eight) than punchouts. The surface numbers are pretty strong (2.45 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, .256 BAA across four major-league starts), but it looks like a house of cards. He will face the Cardinals again at home in his next start Monday.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' Jameson Taillon: Continues playing catch
Taillon (elbow) was playing catch from about 90 feet Tuesday, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Taillon will throw again Wednesday before resting Thursday, and he is expected to resume throwing everyday from that point. The 27-year-old has been on the injured list since early May with the flexor strain in his right elbow and still has significant work to do before making his way back to the majors.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' Josh Bell: Batting average falling
Bell went 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts in Monday's 7-0 loss to the Cardinals.
He's slashing .219/.315/.511 with nine homers and 32 RBI in 162 plate appearances since the end of May. The Pirates have hinted at giving Bell a breather in the coming days. The first baseman has appeared in 92 of 93 games and hasn't missed a game since June 4 against Atlanta. Bell leads the majors in doubles (31) and RBI (84) but he's cooled off after his breakout start.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' Bryan Reynolds: Tallies three hits
Reynolds went 3-for-4 with a double in a 7-0 loss to the Cardinals on Monday.
After a 5-for-32 slide, Reynolds has collected five hits in his last eight at-bats. He's hitting .343 with a .428 BABIP. With 267 plate appearances, he is now less than 20 PA away from qualifying for the batting title. While the rookie's batting average will likely cool off in the second half, it's interesting to note that he hit better than .300 in each of his four minor-league seasons.... See More ... See Less