Injuries have hit the Pittsburgh Pirates, as an organization, pretty hard as of late. There’s been plenty of injury updates over the last week or so, a lot of them unfortunate, such as JT Brubaker having Tommy John surgery.
The Indianapolis Indians were struck particularly hard, especially when it comes to the rotation. Not only were they going to be without two of their starters for some time, the two were scheduled to pitch on consecutive days.
Caleb Smith was placed on the Injured List this week, and Thursday would have been his scheduled day in the rotation. Instead, they went with Cam Alldred and he came up big on short notice, allowing two runs on three hits over four innings, while striking out six batters.
This is nothing new for Alldred, as he was very comfortable in a multi-inning role for Indianapolis last year. Of his 42 appearances last year in Triple-A, he threw two or more inning in 18 of them.
Now attention will turn to tomorrow, where it would have been Mike Burrows‘ turn in the rotation. Burrows is looking for a second opinion currently on a sprained UCL, but Ben Cherington said he ‘is gonna be out for a while’.
GM Ben Cherington said Mike Burrows "is gonna be out for a while." JT Brubaker, too, but we knew that. More information coming at some point from Pirates director of sports medicine Todd Tomczyk.
— Jason Mackey (@JMackeyPG) April 12, 2023
Carmen Mlodzinski (who pitched on Thursday) and Cody Bolton are two pitchers who made the shift to the bullpen this year, but have starting experience, so the Pirates could look their way to eat some of the innings they’ve lost with Burrows and Smith out.
— There were a lot of interesting names on the Bradenton roster to start the year, among them Thomas Harrington, Javier Rivas, and Shalin Polanco. Digging a little deeper, Jesus Castillo looks like another name to monitor closely.
The 19-year-old infielder has shown a great approach at the plate, walking eight times and collecting seven hits in just six games this season. He’s never hit for much power, and all of his hits have been singles so far this year, but he is does have a frame that he could grow into some more (MiLB.com has him listed as 5’10”).
— More on the injury front, Jack Carey, Liover Peguero, and Travis Swaggerty were three more names that left the game early.
Swaggerty is not being promoted. He left the game because he was not feeling well #Pirates
— Ryan Palencer (@RyanPalencer) April 14, 2023
Peguero left after committing an error in the bottom of the 10th inning. Carey faced two batters before leaving the Greensboro game as well.
It’s certainly been a rough season when it comes to injuries, and it’s only a couple weeks into the season.
Daily Video Rundown
Mason Martin stays hot, driving in a pair of runs with this single in the third inning of the Altoona game.
Two runs score after the @masonmartin7 single! We take a 3-2 lead in the third!
WATCH: https://t.co/6GP894jPtF pic.twitter.com/To5I3YXnQs
— Altoona Curve (@AltoonaCurve) April 13, 2023
Endy Rodriguez guns down a runner trying to steal third base in the eight inning of an one run game.
In case you didn't know, his name is Endy Rodríguez and he has a hose. 🔥 pic.twitter.com/uO7WhU7DxN
— Indianapolis Indians (@indyindians) April 14, 2023
The Pirates really needed someone to step up with Oneil Cruz out, and so far Ji-Hwan Bae is doing it with the glove and the bat.
Ji Hwan Bae just keeps doing amazing things 🤩 pic.twitter.com/K1tM96Lmcf
— Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) April 14, 2023
PIRATES PROSPECTS DAILY
By Tim Williams
Pirates Recap: Vince Velasquez Leads Shutout Over Cardinals
Prospect Watch: Another Rough Day for the Starters
**Ethan Hullihen looks at what it would take for each player to gain an extra year of service time in 2023.
**I’ve got a column on Ji-Hwan Bae’s defense on Friday morning.
**Minor Moves: Shalin Polanco Joins Bradenton
**From yesterday: Mason Martin Showing a Better Approach
SONG OF THE DAY
I picked up a Sam Cooke album last weekend. Today, I’m going with a Sam Cooke cover by T-Pain. He made auto-tune popular, but T-Pain’s natural voice is phenomenal.
These injuries can be seen as opportunities for others to step up and establish themselves.
Another benchmark for Reynolds?
Webb had three years of control left (including this year, same as Reynolds) and the deal buys out two years for free agency for a total of $90MM. Would you rather have Webb or Reynolds? Webb was better last year, Reynolds the year before, and over the past two season their WAR values are comparable (8.3 for Webb vs. 9.0 for Reynolds).
Im more wondering if this shows us how reasonable it would be to extend keller if he keeps having success since it would have to be quite a bit less than webb
Seems pretty obvious that if Bryan Reynolds would be willing to accept a 1-2 yr extension the deal would’ve already been done.
“… T-Pain’s natural voice is phenomenal.”
Yeah, but Sam Cooke’s was the voice of an angel.
Bae seems to be able to play the outfield, shortstop and second base better than the players who man those positions. Perhaps you can change the highlights to the Bae plays.
Not related to anything here, but where’s Rodolfo Nolasco? Looks like he’s assigned to the FCL team. Is that due to injury or his swing and miss issues? If the latter, that’s a big wake up call.
He started the season on the Bradenton 7 Day IL along with Polanco, Terrmer and Peralta. I’m not sure what Nolasco’s injury is.
I also liked hearing that Flowers may be stretching out
As another commentator suggested, we might not have the luxury of Bolton and the Mlod-father as relief arms anymore
Indy also lost Wei-Chieh Huang, a MiL R5 pick who has some ML experience. He probably would have been rotation depth, but he’s out for the year.
Hey is Chris Archer still available? No, I’m not ducking!
And I like Baez, but just noting the irony.
Weird thing to hope for but I hope Swaggerty’s not “injured” but is just feeling sick.
I could be wrong but I felt the last couple of years majority stayed incredibly healthy. This year it feels a lot less healthy. 🙁