Injury updates: Ascanio, Hansen

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

A few injuries to bring you up to speed on…

  • Jose Ascanio (underwent arthroscopic surgery on right shoulder on Oct. 2)

Pirates GM Neal Huntington confirmed that there have been no setbacks for Ascanio since that surgery. While players can sometimes recover and return in seven months, Ascanio is expected to be on an 8-9 month timetable. That means that best-case scenario would probably have him back pitching in Pittsburgh in May/June at the earliest. Ascanio is expected to be cleared to start throwing (very lightly) for the first time about the time the Pirates open up Spring Training camp. 

  • Craig Hansen (sidelined since April with a nerve issue causing spasms in his neck)

Hansen received good news in his check-up last week. The nerve, which needed to regenerate, has gotten closer to the muscle in his back/neck that needs to be strengthened. It’s finally proof of some progress for Hansen, who has been playing the waiting game this whole time. He’s still highly unlikely to be able to compete for a spot in Spring Training, but this at least a sign that Hansen may be able to pitch again at some point in 2010.

  • It’s also worth noting that Huntington said that there were no injuries to report from any of the players currently playing fall or winter ball.

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