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Minor League Injury Updates: Holmes, Heredia, Ramirez, Luplow, Eppler, Frazier, Singh

The injury list at the Pittsburgh Pirates’ minor league camp has gotten pretty big over the last week. With the season starting in a little over a week, we’re getting to a point where some of the injured players are expected to miss the start of the season. Here is a rundown of all of the injuries and roster situations for the full-season teams.


**Adam Frazier has a broken finger and should be out another 4-6 weeks. Frazier will split time this year between second base and shortstop. While he is out, expect Max Moroff to get some time at short, with Gift Ngoepe and Dan Gamache factoring more in the middle infield mix.


**Luis Heredia hasn’t been throwing off the mound yet, but has been playing catch. He has been out in order to get in better shape. Right now he’s projected for extended Spring Training.

**Clay Holmes is a couple of months away from making his regular season debut with Bradenton. The right-hander is returning from Tommy John surgery this year. He should start getting into sim games and live games soon, and will take some time to get build back up while he’s in extended Spring Training.

**Tyler Eppler was dealing with elbow tenderness this Spring and hasn’t been pitching off the mound the last few weeks. He is back to playing catch, and should take some time getting built back up, with the expectation that he should be ready at some point in the first half. Eppler was slated to be one of the members of the Bradenton starting rotation.

**Wes Freeman will be out 4-6 weeks with a knee injury. Freeman is one of the players battling for a bench spot in Bradenton.

**Rinku Singh will miss the entire 2015 season. He tried to return last year during instructional leagues, but broke his elbow. This will be the third year in a row that Singh has missed, with the last two being due to Tommy John surgery.

West Virginia

**Carl Anderson, taken in the 19th round out of college last year, will undergo hernia surgery. Anderson would have been a bench outfielder in West Virginia.

**RHP Eric Karch has an elbow injury, with no timetable for his return.

**Kevin Krause also has an elbow injury, with no timetable for his return. The 2014 9th round pick was going to split time between catcher and right field this season.

**Jordan Luplow will be the regular third baseman in West Virginia this year, but is currently out due to his shoulder flaring up. He resumed throwing yesterday, and at this point will be close to breaking with camp.

**Harold Ramirez got back in games yesterday, and should be close to being ready for the start of the year. Ramirez has been out with conditioning issues. He is expected to start back in West Virginia now.

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Kenny Moore

I have COMPLETELY given up on Luis Heredia ever being a impact P on the major league level. I don’t think he wants it bad enough and its a shame because the Bucs gave him a boatload of $$$ .

I just think he is flat lazy. The sad thing is if you move him Huntington will only receive pennies on the dollar for any trade he is part of going forward.


Still only 20 years old (turns 21 in August). How bad of shape can an athlete be in at age 20? I wonder if anyone has asked Rene Gayo about this kid. I think Jesus Valdez was the local scout, but Gayo was the Cross Checker who recommended the signing, and I will bet dollars to donuts he knows exactly what the problem is with Heredia. But, Stetson Allie in June 2010 and this kid in July 2010 – hell, I am still waiting for Allie to figure out he is heading for a traveling softball career if he does not pick up the baseball and start throwing it in anger. How bad can you be that you throw 100 mph and the PIRATES give up on you in only one year? He is 4 years older than Heredia!!!


Not sure where you are coming from in the Allie comment? That kid has a real chance to play at the big league level as a position player- the move to the outfield seems to be a trend in baseball with 1B guys and of the Pirates- Allie has a unique tool that most of those guys in that trend do not have-“cannon arm”. He seems to be making the adjustment fairly well-athleticism. His progress at 1B was outstanding with footwork, glove and athletic ability. I saw a lot of spring training games and he did NOT hurt himself over there once his hamstring healed- good big league spring training for him. I was super impressed with his “speed” for such a big guy. Gives him some options at the next level- rt/lft outfield, first base, and RH DH. His bat is going to determine his future- seen a lot of games the last couple of weeks and he continues to show that plus power-(4) home runs this spring along with his plate patience. The last (2) games (4) walks and worked deep in every AB. Sometimes people on this blog make very uneducated opinions about various players without any valid information to back up such opinion- but, i get it, opinions are opinions. Uneducated opinions on a player just seem to be “cheap shots”. I will voice my opinion on what I see with my educated “two-eyes”. in closing, this kid has done everything that the Pirates have asked and more- he is also a good guy with kids/autograph seekers very approachable! Heard some guys talk about how classy he is about signing stuff- professionalism.

Lee Foo Young

Looks like another potentially wasted season for Heredia. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him released with 18-24 months. If he hasn’t learned by now to come into camp in shape?

Very sorry to hear about Singh…it would’ve been neat to see him in a Pirate uni, if only for a cup of coffee.


I don’t think Heredia has had a wasted season yet. He will get 90+ IP at high A at 20-21. Nothing wrong with that. He has been underwhelming but he’s still a young guy who has not had arm problems and is 6’6″ 250. There definitely is reason to worry about his drive but he is a ways away from the waiver wire.


Million Dollar Arm…10 cent elbow. I feel bad for the young man.


Singh said the injuries occurred because a pitching motion is so much different than the motion he used to throw javelins for track and field. He looks like he is a big strong kid now, so they have changed the workouts for him to strengthen the right muscles. He will be throwing off flat ground for the first time in just a few days, so you can see how far he is from coming back. Technically, he was never a million dollar arm, he was just the best of those entered in the contest, but he fell short of the big prize.


“He tried to return last year during instructional leagues, but broke his elbow.”

Yes. Just yes.


That sounds extremely painful, and I’m not sure if my intrigue in how it happened or my squeamishness is a bigger factor.

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