Clint Barmes will start a rehab assignment tonight with the Altoona Curve. Barmes was added to the roster today, per an Altoona press release. The pending return for Barmes is probably a welcome sight to those who don’t want to see Michael Martinez in a Pirates starting lineup. It also might be good timing, as Jordy Mercer left today’s game with no reason given.
No word yet on how long the rehab process will be for Barmes. He’s been out since early July, so I’m guessing he’s going to need a few games before he’s ready for a return to Pittsburgh.
UPDATE 4:28 PM: It’s right forearm tightness for Mercer, according to Bill Brink.
Right forearm tightness for Mercer.
— Bill Brink (@Bill_Brink2) August 14, 2014