Tyler Yates shut down from throwing

Tyler Yates (right elbow inflammation) had to stop throwing early during his simulated game on Tuesday and has been shut back down until further notice. Yates was slated to throw two simulated innings and then, if all went well, leave the team on Friday to begin his rehab assignment.

He had no problems throwing his first inning on Tuesday (20 pitches), but then immediately felt discomfort when he took the mound to pitch a second inning.

“The pain came back,” he said. “The same place it was bugging me before. It felt great [through the first 20 pitches]. I had great location, great velocity. Just when I sat down and rested and tried to get back up, it was super tight and super sore. I tried to throw a couple more pitches and just said I couldn’t.”

The Pirates were in the process of getting in touch with team doctors as Yates spoke of the frustration before Tuesday’s game. He’s likely to go somewhere now for further tests to make sure that there is nothing seriously wrong. He visited with Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala., a few weeks back and Andrews told the right-hander that he had no structural damage, only a sore ligament.

“I’ve been going out there and feeling great,” Yates said. “Maybe we pushed it a little too fast this time. It’s really frustrating for me.”

Yates had thrown four side sessions off the mound before Tuesday and had not felt pain during any of them. He has been on the DL since May 17. 


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