Tyler Glasnow continues to work his way back from an ankle injury, although he’s not to the point where he can return yet. Pirates’ General Manager Neal Huntington said yesterday that the tall right-hander has “checked all the boxes except the game one.”
“When we got him out in the game he still felt it so we decided to just go ahead and close things down completely, get that ankle as healthy as he can,” Huntington said. “He’s now working back through his throwing program and because we shut him down, even from throwing, there will be a longer time period to get him worked back up again. He’s going through a bullpen progression and each step is building. Very positive, he’s been great through it. We just decided let’s take it very slow, let’s take a deep breath and back off. ”
Our Altoona writer, Sean McCool, spoke with Glasnow and Altoona Pitching Coach Justin Meccage yesterday about the timeline of his return. Glasnow threw a bullpen session on Saturday, and will throw another on Tuesday. The Saturday session was just his fastball and changeup, while the next one will be all of his pitches. However, the big test could come today.
“We’re going to run him through a PFP session [Monday], and we’ll have a good idea where we are because that is a good test for the ankle,” Meccage said. “Once he gets through the PFP session, we’ll have a better feel for a timeline.”
Glasnow said that his last bullpen session was 25 pitches, and that he started throwing a week ago, after being cleared. There are some encouraging signs here, but no date for a return.
**Austin Meadows missed the last two games in Bradenton, and should be out for a few more games as he deals with a bruise in the palm of his hand, near his thumb. Expect him to miss at least two more games.
**Jin-De Jhang has been out of action in Bradenton since June 4th. He suffered a minor leg injury on the back of his leg, just above his knee. He is expected to return tonight.