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Injuries & Moves: Bart (illness) day to day; Grandal starts rehab stint

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Where the Pirates could go in wake of Gonzales' injury

April 14, 2024

PHILADELPHIA -- The Pirates came into this season with questions about how much starting pitching depth they have. Now it might be time for that depth to be tested. The team placed left-hander Marco Gonzales on the 15-day injured list on Sunday with a left forearm muscle strain. While the

Holderman pumped to be back after lengthy illness

April 11, 2024

PHILADELPHIA -- A chocolate shake was waiting for Colin Holderman back at his Citizens Bank Park locker Thursday night. He’s not a huge post-game meal person, but on this night he asked head Major League dietician Hillary Ake for something sweet after the game. "I'm not really as hungry after

Bednar's spring debut a welcome sight for depleted Bucs bullpen

March 21, 2024

BRADENTON, Fla. -- The unofficial word on David Bednar's Opening Day status is, “I sure hope so.” At least, those were the words of the two-time All-Star closer Thursday, before the Pirates’ 3-2 loss to the Blue Jays at LECOM Park. If nothing else, Thursday was a big step for

Bednar slowed this spring by lat tightness

March 4, 2024

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- David Bednar is currently dealing with right lat tightness, explaining why the Pirates’ closer has not appeared in a game yet this Spring Training. The two-time All-Star felt the discomfort during his throwing program recently and is currently not throwing, though he does not seem too

Rodríguez undergoes elbow surgery, out for '24

December 12, 2023

PITTSBURGH -- The Pirates were dealt a tough blow for the 2024 season, as they announced on Tuesday that catcher Endy Rodríguez will miss the entire campaign due to UCL reconstruction surgery on his right elbow as well as a repair of his right flexor tendon. The Pirates said in

Cruz ruled out for end of '23 season, but goals still sky high

September 12, 2023

PITTSBURGH -- With time running out in the regular season, Oneil Cruz was ruled out of a return in the 2023 campaign by manager Derek Shelton on Tuesday afternoon. But he’s already as confident as ever that he’ll be back to his best self in ‘24 -- if not sooner.

'It’s disappointing, sad': McCutchen's season ends with partial Achilles tear

September 6, 2023

PITTSBURGH -- Andrew McCutchen’s season is over. The Pirates placed McCutchen on the 10-day injured list Wednesday due to a partial tear of his left Achilles tendon. McCutchen will spend the next six weeks in a walking boot; with roughly four weeks remaining in the regular season, the 36-year-old will

Cruz's rehab 'plateaued,' 2023 return in doubt

August 23, 2023

PITTSBURGH -- Over the course of the last couple months, the Pirates repeatedly expressed confidence that Oneil Cruz would play in Major League games sometime this season. That confidence, however, is waning. Cruz’s rehab has “plateaued” due to general left foot soreness, per the Pirates’ director of sports medicine Todd

Marcano (right knee) to undergo season-ending surgery

Cruz (fractured left fibula) progressing slowly but will join team in Milwaukee
August 2, 2023

PITTSBURGH -- Following an extensive examination and collaboration with experts in the medical field, the Pirates determined that infielder Tucupita Marcano will undergo season-ending surgery to repair a torn right anterior cruciate ligament. Marcano will have the procedure in the coming weeks. Prior to the surgery, the Pirates want to

Hayes (back) the latest Pirate to land on IL

June 28, 2023

PITTSBURGH -- The injury bug continues to affect the black and gold. Less than a week after the Pirates placed outfielder Bryan Reynolds on the injured list, Ke'Bryan Hayes landed on the 10-day IL (retroactive to Sunday) with lower back inflammation. Infielder Jared Triolo, the Pirates’ No. 16 prospect per

Velasquez undergoes season-ending UCL surgery

June 9, 2023

PITTSBURGH -- As Vince Velasquez sat at his locker in the visiting clubhouse of T-Mobile Field on May 28, he expressed optimism that he would pitch again this season. Velasquez had just landed on the injured list after re-aggravating his right elbow in his first start off the injured list

Cruz in high spirits near halfway point of recovery

June 3, 2023

PITTSBURGH -- Oneil Cruz's injury didn't damage his sense of humor in the slightest. For the first time since fracturing his left ankle on April 9, Cruz spoke to reporters and discussed a myriad of topics, including his state of mind, his progress and his bobblehead's striking resemblance to himself.

Velasquez 'really optimistic' he'll return in 2023

Veteran righty placed on 15-day IL after one start back from similar ailment
May 28, 2023

SEATTLE -- As Vince Velasquez sat at his locker prior to Sunday’s series finale against the Mariners, the health of his right elbow still ambiguous, he took an optimistic tone. “I can’t really put a timeline on it, but I could honestly say I’m really optimistic about the fact that

Bucs' rotation in flux after Velasquez's IL return cut short

May 27, 2023

SEATTLE -- Vince Velasquez’s first outing off the injured list didn’t go as planned. After spending several weeks on the IL due to right elbow inflammation, Velasquez was pulled in his first start back after just two innings due to right elbow discomfort as the Pirates fell to the Mariners,

Bucs' strong start tested as injury wave continues

May 5, 2023

PITTSBURGH -- To keep up the early momentum they created in April, the Pirates are going to have to work through adversity. Vince Velasquez’s placement on the 15-day injured list ahead of the Bucs’ 4-0 Friday loss to the Blue Jays at PNC Park was the latest in a string

Bucs' No. 2 prospect Rodríguez placed on IL

No. 1 prospect Johnson makes season debut for Single-A Bradenton
April 21, 2023

PITTSBURGH -- Catcher Endy Rodríguez, the Pirates’ No. 2 prospect per MLB Pipeline, has been placed on the seven-day injured list due to a right forearm injury, per Pittsburgh manager Derek Shelton. Rodríguez, the organization’s reigning Minor League Player of the Year, was removed in the eighth inning of Triple-A

Pirates' early injuries 'an opportunity for guys to step up'

April 12, 2023

PITTSBURGH -- In many ways, it has been a very encouraging beginning to the 2023 season for the Pittsburgh Pirates, with an unexpected hot start fueled by positive contributions from the team’s young players. However, when you turn the corner from the PNC Park clubhouse to the training room, that’s

Oneil out 4 months after surgery on broken ankle

Castro, Bae to see bulk of time at shortstop in Cruz's absence
April 10, 2023

PITTSBURGH -- The diagnosis is in. Prior to Monday night's 8-2 loss to the Astros at PNC Park, the Pirates announced that they expect Oneil Cruz to return to action in four months after he underwent surgery on Sunday evening following his awkward collision with White Sox catcher Seby Zavala,

Oneil fractures ankle on collision, benches clear around him

Santana, White Sox catcher Zavala exchange words after awkward crash at plate
April 9, 2023

PITTSBURGH -- Based solely on wins and losses thus far, the Pirates should be basking in good vibes. They’ve won six of their first nine games. They’ve won back-to-back series, a feat they pulled off just once last season. They are, in short, playing good baseball. Following their 1-0 win

Brubaker lands on 60-day IL, timetable uncertain

April 2, 2023

CINCINNATI -- The Pirates announced on Sunday that they have transferred starter JT Brubaker from the 15-day to the 60-day injured list due to right elbow discomfort, a blow that leaves Pittsburgh without a core piece of its rotation for the foreseeable future. “As we have more information, we'll be

Brubaker expected to begin season on IL

McCutchen building arm strength after right elbow injury
March 27, 2023

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Plans can change at the drop of a hat for every ball club during Spring Training. It's part of the game. On Monday, starter JT Brubaker was scratched from his scheduled start vs. the Twins with right elbow/forearm discomfort, per Pirates director of sports medicine Todd

Dominican powerhouse loses reliever Jarlín García

New Bucs pitcher has left arm tightness, will miss World Baseball Classic
March 6, 2023

TAMPA, Fla. -- Left hander Jarlín García will not participate in the World Baseball Classic because of left arm tightness he experienced Saturday in a Grapefruit League outing against the Phillies. García, 30, was on the Dominican Republic roster.

Cruz sustains left ankle injury in LIDOM action (source)

December 21, 2022

PITTSBURGH -- Oneil Cruz sustained a left ankle injury while playing with Tigres del Licey of the Dominican Republic Professional Baseball League, a source told On Wednesday, general manager Ben Cherington said he believes the injury to be minor. “He does have some swelling. He’s not going to play

De Los Santos' rookie year comes to a halt

August 13, 2022

SAN FRANCISCO -- Yerry De Los Santos knew his body wasn’t right. He didn’t know his situation was this dire. The Pirates placed De Los Santos on the 60-day injured list with a right shoulder latissimus dorsi muscle strain prior to their 5-3 loss to the Giants on Friday night