Keep track of the Pirates’ recent transactions and injury updates throughout the season.
June 12: RHP Mitch Keller optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis
The Pirates did not initially seem inclined to use an option on Keller after his 2 2/3-inning start against the Dodgers, which shot his ERA to 7.03 on the season. But after a couple of days of internal conversations, the club felt it was best to have its former No. 1 prospect work on his command and stuff in Indianapolis.
June 12: RHP Wil Crowe recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis
Crowe joined the Indians after allowing eight runs in four innings on June 1 in Kansas City. He’s slated to start in Sunday’s series finale in Milwaukee, which will be his eighth MLB start this season.
June 12: RHP Trevor Cahill sent to the 10-day injured list (left calf strain)
Cahill spent nearly a month on the injured list with the same injury, which he initially sustained on May 19. It cropped back up in his 1 1/3 innings of relief in Milwaukee on Friday, and the Pirates decided to give him more rest.
June 12: RHP Geoff Hartlieb recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis
Hartlieb will fill Cahill’s spot in the bullpen, and he’s done a solid job at Triple-A, where he’s posted a 2.70 ERA in seven appearances. He allowed three runs in two innings in his season debut for Pittsburgh.
Day to day
1B Colin Moran (lower back tightness)
Expected return: Mid-June
Moran was removed from Sunday’s series finale in Milwaukee with a bout of lower-back tightness that cropped up as he was running from second to third base. Shelton said Moran felt better on Monday, but he was kept out of the lineup against Washington. (Latest update: June 14)
RHP José Soriano (Tommy John surgery)
Expected return: Second half
The Pirates’ medical team found that Soriano, the No. 1 overall pick in the Rule 5 Draft this offseason and the club's No. 24 prospect, has new damage to his reconstructed UCL, director of sports medicine Todd Tomczyk said. They are sending him for a second opinion from Dr. Neal ElAttrache. Soriano must be on the Pirates’ active roster for at least 90 days or be offered back to the Angels. (Last updated: June 9)
RHP Miguel Yajure (right elbow discomfort)
Expected return: July
Yajure, who is at Triple-A, has not pitched since May 26 after he experienced “a sensation” in his right forearm and elbow. The Pirates had their No. 12 prospect examined and determined that it’s a case of ulnar neuritis, per director of sports medicine Todd Tomczyk -- a fairly reassuring sign, since no structural damage was found. Yajure is expected to throw in 7-10 days. (Last updated: June 9)
LHP Steven Brault (left lat)
Expected return: TBD
Brault was shut down from throwing for a month at the end of March, but he has begun throwing side sessions and building up his velocity and volume, per director of sports medicine Todd Tomczyk. The lefty has twice thrown off the pitching mound. (Last updated: June 9)