Pirates Give Injury Updates on Greg Allen, Jake Marisnick, Blake Cederlind and More

The Pittsburgh Pirates held their usual Wednesday injury update season with Todd Tomzyck, their Director of Sports Medicine. Here’s the rundown via tweets and notes from the local media covering today’s afternoon game against the Colorado Rockies. We had an update earlier this morning on Nick Mears here:

Marisnick had thumb surgery and he was slated to miss at least 4-6 weeks from the time of surgery.

Greg Allen is a little behind on his return, so he likely won’t be back immediately when eligible in 12 days


Pittsburgh Baseball Now has updates for Kevin Newman, Daniel Vogelbach and Heath Hembree, as well as a small note on Henry Davis, which is the same as what we heard over the weekend.

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I’d still like to see what Allen can do, but time is short. By the time he’s ready to be off the 60IL, Mitchell will have 50-60 PA. If he’s holding his own, the ABs are going to have to come from somewhere else.

Over the next 5 weeks they’re going to have to make room for Allen, Mears and Newman. That doesn’t even count Martin, who is going to be added at some point. We haven’t yet seen the ruthlessness required to fit all of these pieces together on the 26- or 40-man, as they necessitate cutting veterans like Tsutsugo, VanMeter and Hembree. Those guys will be the absolute last to go. Instead we’ll get half-measures like Marisnick, Tucker, Park and/or Fletcher DFA’d and Suwinski and maybe Castro or Castillo sent back to Indy.

And what’s depressing about that is having multiple options to cut with no remorse whatsoever. Oh well, better late than never.

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I’d like to see Allen get a shot, but not at the expense of Suwinski or Mitchell. They need to get Gamel time at first and resign themselves to reality on Yoshi. It doesn’t help Allen’s case that they seem OK with Jack in CF. (Still baffled by the FG scouting report.). If Bae comes up, CF backup will be well covered.

Good news on Cederlind. The last report was concerning.

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