Injuries & Roster Moves: Howard (knee) to IL

June 20th, 2021

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


June 20: LHP Sam Howard placed on 10-day injured list (right knee tendinitis)
General manager Ben Cherington said that Howard, who gave up six runs in two-thirds of an inning on Saturday, has been battling a knee issue, and “it’s crept up a bit more” in recent days. The move is retroactive to June 19.

June 20: LHP Austin Davis recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis
The Pirates returned a lefty to replace the lefty Howard. Davis began the year on the 60-day injured list, and he pitched one scoreless inning on June 6.


Day to day

RHP (right elbow/forearm discomfort)
Expected return:
Yajure was shut down at the beginning of June, but the Pirates were optimistic the “sensation” he felt in his forearm, per director of sports medicine Todd Tomczyk, could be alleviated through rest. Now, general manager Ben Cherington said the No. 11 prospect is “symptom-free” and is nearing a return to throwing in Bradenton, Fla., after recently completing some plyo ball work. (Latest update: June 19)

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)

60-day IL

LHP (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)