Injuries & Moves: Rehab assignment updates

June 29th, 2022

Keep track of the Pirates’ recent transactions and injury updates throughout the season.

LATEST NEWS

June 28: LHP Aaron Fletcher recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis; RHP optioned to Triple-A
The day after throwing four scoreless innings against the Nationals, Yajure was optioned to Triple-A in favor of Fletcher, who provides the Pirates with another left-handed option out of the bullpen to complement Cam Vieaux. In his last five outings with Indianapolis, Fletcher has allowed two runs across 6 2/3 innings with four strikeouts to two walks. -- Justice delos Santos

INJURY UPDATES

COVID IL

INF/OF Tucupita Marcano
Expected return: Late June, early July
Marcano began a rehab assignment on June 26 and has played two games -- one with Single-A Bradenton and another with Double-A Altoona -- with no issues, per director of sports medicine Todd Tomczyk. -- Justice delos Santos (Last updated: June 29)

RHP Duane Underwood Jr.
Expected return: TBD
Underwood Jr. began a rehab assignment with Double-A Altoona on June 28 and pitched two scoreless innings without issues, per director of sports medicine Todd Tomczyk. -- Justice delos Santos (Last updated: June 29)

OF Jake Marisnick (left thumb)
Expected return:
First half
Marisnick, who was recovering from left thumb surgery before testing positive for COVID-19, participated in the first game of his rehab assignment with Triple-A Indianapolis on June 28 with no issues, per director of sports medicine Todd Tomczyk. -- Justice delos Santos (Last updated: June 29)

10-day and 15-day IL

LHP Dillon Peters (low back strain)
Expected return: Late June or early July
Peters made a rehab appearance with Double-A Altoona on Tuesday with no issues. He then returned to PNC Park and the team is currently discussing the next steps in his progression. -- Justice delos Santos (Last updated: June 29)

LF Ben Gamel (left hamstring strain)
Expected return: June
Gamel began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Indianapolis on June 23 and has played four games without issue, per director of sports medicine Todd Tomczyk. -- Justice delos Santos (Last updated: June 29)

RHP Zach Thompson (right forearm nerve inflammation)
Expected return:
July
Thompson threw a live bullpen session on Tuesday and, per manager Derek Shelton, all signs point to him coming off the injured list when he is first eligible. -- Justice delos Santos (Last updated: June 28)

1B Yoshi Tsutsugo (lumbar muscle strain)
Expected return: June
Tsutsugo will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Indianapolis, along with infielder Josh VanMeter and shortstop Kevin Newman. -- Justice delos Santos (Last updated: June 21)

60-day IL

RHP Blake Cederlind (Tommy John surgery)
Expected return: TBD
Cederlind threw a side session without any issues and is “making nice strides,” per director of sports medicine Todd Tomczyk. -- Justice delos Santos (Last updated: June 29)

OF Greg Allen (right hamstring)
Expected return:
Second half
The Pirates anticipate Allen beginning a rehab assignment with Single-A Bradenton sometime this weekend, per director of sports medicine Todd Tomczyk. -- Justice delos Santos (Last updated: June 29)

RHP Nick Mears (right elbow surgery)
Expected return: TBD
Mears is still in “no throw status” after experiencing right forearm tightness following his last start with Triple-A Indianapolis. He will remain that way for a couple days, but the hope is that he can re-engage in throwing off flat ground soon. -- Justice delos Santos (Last updated: June 29)

SS Kevin Newman (left groin strain, left hamstring)
Expected return:
First half
Newman has played in five games on his current rehab assignment with Triple-A Indianapolis with no issues. -- Justice delos Santos (Last updated: June 29)

C Roberto Pérez (left hamstring strain)
Expected return:
Out for 2022 season
Pérez is approaching the six-week mark following his surgery. Pérez is doing “very well,” per director of sports medicine Todd Tomczyk, and the team anticipates Pérez beginning the next phase of his rehab and working on strength and conditioning. -- Justice delos Santos (Last updated: June 29)

OF Canaan Smith-Njigba (right wrist)
Expected return:
Second half
Smith-Njigba was placed on the 60-day injured list on June 17 with a non-displaced fracture in his right wrist. Smith-Njigba suffered the injury in the second inning of a 6-4 win against the Cardinals on June 15, when he and Bryan Reynolds nearly collided on the warning track, causing Smith-Njigba’s right wrist to turn awkwardly as he landed on the dirt. -- Justice delos Santos (Last updated: June 17)

Minor League IL

RHP Max Kranick (Tommy John surgery)
Expected return:
Potentially 2023
Kranick underwent season-ending Tommy John surgery on June 3 and will miss the remainder of the 2022 season. The recovery process generally takes 14 to 16 months. -- Justice delos Santos (Last updated: June 8)