Jarlin Garcia and Termarr Johnson Injury Updates

The Pirates announced a few injury updates this afternoon, with Jarlin Garcia and Termarr Johnson likely out for the start of the season. The updates from Pirates director of sports medicine Todd Tomczyk come via Justice delos Santos and Jason Mackey.

The big news regarding the MLB roster is that Garcia will need several weeks before he can throw.

It’s almost a certainty that Garcia will begin the season on the injured list, which makes the left-handed relief spot uncertain. Garcia was signed to give the Pirates a lefty out of the bullpen. They’ve added several other options and you can bet that the Pirates will bring at least one of them north at the end of the month.

Jose Hernandez, the hard-thrower taken in the Rule 5 draft, seems to have an inside track for a roster spot with his status. The Pirates have also added Angel Perdomo, Daniel Zamora, Rob Zastryzny, and Caleb Smith on minor league deals. They’ve been giving all of these pitchers a good look early. Zamora has pitched four innings. Hernandez, Perdomo, and Zastryzny have each pitched three innings. Smith, who was signed at the start of camp, has already pitched two innings.

Hernandez has shown some promise, but I would imagine the Pirates would want an additional left-hander, as he only has 38.2 innings above A-ball. I would expect the other four to battle for the spot that has been vacated by Garcia.

In another injury update, Termarr Johnson will miss at least six weeks with his hamstring injury, from the original date.

Johnson injured his hamstring two weeks ago in the early part of camp. This timeline means that he will be out for at least another month.

I’m not sure if Johnson will be heading to Bradenton or Greensboro this season, but those seasons don’t begin for another month. This seems like it will delay the start of his season at this point. I would consider a four month season for Johnson, ending with good progress in High-A, to be a positive from this stage.

Tim started Pirates Prospects in 2009 from his home in Virginia, which was 40 minutes from where Pedro Alvarez made his pro debut in Lynchburg. That year, the Lynchburg Hillcats won the Carolina League championship, and Pirates Prospects was born from Tim's reporting along the way. The site has grown over the years to include many more writers, and Tim has gone on to become a credentialed MLB reporter, producing Pirates Prospects each year, and will publish his 11th Prospect Guide this offseason. He has also served as the Pittsburgh Pirates correspondent for Baseball America since 2019. Behind the scenes, Tim is an avid music lover, and most of the money he gets paid to run this site goes to vinyl records.

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Will we ever have a first rounder who doesn’t get hurt all the time?


60 IL for Garcia, almost certainly. They need one spot for the backup C (Kranick) and another if they want to roster Owings.


Kranick spot has gone to Mathias.


This was the first thing that popped into my head and it made me very sad.


yep – luck to be back by July 15

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