Injury Updates: Conner Uselton Sidelined With a Hamstring, Yeudy Garcia to the Bullpen

BRADENTON, Fla. – Pirates’ 2017 second round pick Conner Uselton is currently sidelined with a hamstring injury. The outfielder suffered the injury last Thursday in his second professional game, trying to beat out a ground ball to first.

“I just reached out for the bag and felt something,” Uselton said.

He needed help off the field after the play, but was walking around on Friday, with a limp. He had an MRI that afternoon. I reached out to Pirates’ farm director Larry Broadway, who said at the moment that there is no timetable for his return, as the team physicians are still working on his treatment plan.

Yeudy Garcia Pitching in Relief

Yeudy Garcia is currently returning from a lower back injury, and has been making rehab appearances in the GCL. The interesting thing is that the Altoona starter has been making relief appearances. Garcia said that he felt better after his first appearance, and that the plan is to continue pitching out of the bullpen.

“I’ll go to the bullpen for a couple of times,” Garcia said. “Right now I’m throwing in the GCL as a reliever, and then they said I’ll go to Altoona.”

The plan is for him to continue pitching in relief in Altoona, according to Broadway.

“He will be pitching out of the bullpen for at least the immediate future with Altoona,” Broadway said. “We will reevaluate once he gets some innings back under his belt.”

Garcia has shown some struggles in the last year, and has dealt with some injury issues, most notably dealing with shoulder soreness. He may perform better out of the bullpen, just because of the reduced workload, and the ability for his stuff to play up in shorter outings.

Gift Ngoepe Close to a Return

By Brian Peloza

Gift Ngoepe (7-day DL) is tentatively scheduled to return to the Indianapolis lineup on Wednesday as he recovers from a hamstring injury. Ngoepe ran the bases at full-speed prior to Sunday’s game and has been taking batting practice for a few days, as he slowly returns to all baseball-related activities. His rehab is evidently going well, as Ngoepe could be seen kicking a soccer ball around with Indianapolis manager Andy Barkett’s kids immediately after running the basepaths on Sunday.

  • Gift should go right up to the bigs and send Moroff back down. Since we don’t have any AAA infielders who can hit, might as well bring one up that can field.

  • WillyMoGarcia33
    July 3, 2017 3:22 pm

    This is why we can’t have nice things!

  • God I hate hamstring injuries

    • I played every sport with my share of arm, leg, and head injuries, but nothing as painful as my career ending hamstring injury. No, not baseball – that was my career ender for softball at age 42 – my baseball career ended at least 22 years earlier than that due to natural causes!

  • Mr Uselton….meet Mr Barnes and Mr Meadows.

    • Just going to mention that the Pirates did well according to the BA HS All America Teams with Shane Baz on the First Team, Connor Uselton on the 2nd Team, and Steven Jennings on the 3rd Team. Looks like a great draft.

      • Time will tell.

      • It obviously takes 3-5 years to see any draft picks making their way to the upper minors and pushing their way to make the parent club, plus another season or two to see if they can stick and be productive in the majors but I haven’t had as much optimism for any Pirates draft class immediately after the draft than I do for this year’s class possibly ever.

      • Yes, I was encouraged when I saw that as well.

  • well that answers my question.

    also didn’t take long for a draft pick to get hurt. haha

    • John Dreker
      July 3, 2017 3:34 pm

      Jason Delay got beaned in his second game and was taken to the hospital. He was the first to get hurt