Barthmaier, Morris injury updates

Pirates Minor League pitchers Jimmy Barthmaier and Bryan Morris underwent MRIs on Monday and both are going to be shut down for the next few weeks.

Morris, ranked as the organization’s No. 5 prospect by Baseball America, will be out longer of the two, with it looking like the right-hander might not make his first appearance of the year until June. Fortunately, there is nothing structurally wrong in Morris’ right shoulder, but he has a significantly restricted range of motion, which has forced the Pirates to shut him down from throwing.

Morris will slowly work back to strengthening and stretching his shoulder out during a rehab period that Pirates farm director Kyle Stark estimated could be between four and six weeks.

The right-handed Barthmaier, who started the season in the rotation at Triple-A Indianapolis, has been shut down from throwing because of inflammation and a strain of the flexor mass in his right elbow.

He will not throw for a couple of weeks before working his way back onto the mound. Barthmaier suffered the injury on Friday, in what was his first start of the season. He exited the game after walking the first two batters in the Indians’ second game of the season.

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