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Clay Holmes Out with Fractured Foot

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The Pittsburgh Pirates got some bad news on Sunday according to manager Derek Shelton. Pitcher Clay Holmes will miss the start of the season after suffering a fracture in his foot on Saturday night.

According to Shelton, Holmes will be in a walking boot for 4-6 weeks. With Opening Day just 25 days away, Holmes will miss the start of the season. Considering that he will need to get completely stretched out again once the boot is removed, Holmes probably won’t see any game action before May, and even then he will likely start with minor league rehab games. With no options remaining, Holmes seemed likely to win a bullpen spot, so this opens up a spot for someone else in the competition.

UPDATE: Pirates post an update that Holmes is out with a fractured right fibula.

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John Dreker
John Dreker
John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball. When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.

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