Donnelly day-to-day with side injury

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

Reliever Brendan Donnelly has been sidelined since Tuesday with what the veteran reliever described as discomfort in his left side. The injury was not publically revealed by the Pirates until Sunday.

Donnelly characterized the ailment as “minor” and his status as day-to-day. The injury occurred on the final pitch that Donnelly threw in a relief appearance against the Brewers on Tuesday. After getting Milwaukee pinch hitter Jody Gerut to fly out, Donnelly grabbed his left side as he walked off the Miller Park mound.

Donnelly was asked earlier afterward if he had hurt himself on that pitch, and at the time, he said that he was fine. The right-hander was not available at all during the four-game series the Pirates just wrapped up in Los Angeles.

Donnelly appeared optimistic that he would not need to go on the disabled list, saying that would likely happen “only if there’s a need” to get another reliever onto the big-league roster. The Pirates have an eight-man bullpen as it is right now, so they may have sufficient arms to cover in Donnelly’s absence.

In 11 relief appearances this season, Donnelly has allowed seven earned runs on eight hits and 10 walks in nine innings.

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