Injuries & Moves: Priester called up to fill rotation hole

April 19th, 2024


April 19: RHP recalled from Triple-A
Friday marked Priester's first start in the Majors this season. He's gone 1-1 with a 3.95 ERA and 20 strikeouts over 13 2/3 innings with Triple-A Indianapolis so far this season.

Priester was the Pirates' 2019 first round Draft pick and debuted in the Majors last season, albeit to mixed results. He logged 50 innings over 10 outings (eight starts) and pitched to a 7.74 ERA.

The Pirates are down a starter after Marco Gonzales went on the injured list Sunday. The team optioned lefty Jose Hernandez to the Minors after Wednesday's loss to the Mets.

April 17: INF (illness) scratched from Wednesday’s lineup
Bart was originally in the starting lineup against the Mets, but wasn't feeling well as it got closer to game time. A couple of days ago, while catching in the bullpen, Bart was hit in the head by a home-run ball during batting practice, according to manager Derek Shelton. Bart is listed as day to day.

April 16: INF scratched from Tuesday’s lineup
Hayes is dealing with lower back tightness. He is listed as day to day.

“It’s locked up on him a little bit. We tried to work on him. [But], out of the abundance of caution, we will keep him down,” manager Derek Shelton said before Tuesday's game against the Mets at Citi Field.


LHP (left triceps inflammation)
Expected Return:
Borucki played catch back-to-back days last week in Philadelphia and reported a bit of residual soreness. The Pirates decided to give him a couple days off from throwing, and they anticipate he will resume throwing early next week. (Last updated: April 19)

LHP (left forearm strain)
Expected return: TBD
Gonzales is not going to throw for a couple weeks following his placement on the injured list on April 14. He has resumed all gripping activities, which director of sports medicine Todd Tomczyk referred to as "progress for him." He will continue to be monitored daily. At this time, surgery is not being considered. (Last updated: April 19) More >>

C (right knee soreness)
Expected return:
Delay had surgery on his right knee. The procedure, performed by Dr. Keith Meister, was a meniscal cleanup/debridement, according to director of sports medicine Todd Tomczyk. Delay is anticipated to return to full baseball activities in about six weeks. (Last updated: April 19)

C (plantar fasciitis)
Expected return: TBD
Grandal has caught two games with Triple-A Indianapolis with no issues of note. (Last updated: April 19)

INF/OF Ji Hwan Bae (left hip flexor)
Expected return: April
Bae started a rehab assignment with Low-A Bradenton on Sunday and had that rehab transferred to Triple-A Indianapolis on April 9. He is eligible to come off the injured list at any time once that rehab assignment is complete. (Last updated: April 9)

RHP (rotator cuff strain)
Expected return: TBD
Harrington, the Pirates' No. 6 prospect, had serial imaging down in Florida, and has started to play some light catch from 75-90 feet. (Last updated: April 9)

RHP (UCL surgery)
Expected return: 2025
Moreta underwent UCL reconstruction surgery this week, confirming fears that he will not pitch in 2024. The team anticipates a full recovery in approximately 14-16 months, with the hope that it might be on the shorter side since he is a reliever. Moreta is expected to return to Florida in the coming days to start the rehab process. (Last updated: March 21)


C (right elbow surgery)
Expected return:
Rodríguez had his follow up with Dr. Neal ElAttrache on Opening Day and is doing well. He's projected to begin a swing progression from the left side during the week of April 15, which should like him up for a formal hitting progression in early May (the former is a dry swing program, the latter would be hitting off a tee). (Last updated: April 9)

RHP (Tommy John surgery)
Expected return:
The Pirates confirmed Oviedo’s offseason right elbow injury after the right-hander experienced lingering discomfort after the season, which prompted further examination. A typical recovery timetable would rule out Oviedo until 2025. He was placed on the 60-day IL on Feb. 14. (Last updated: Feb. 14)