Bucs Medical Report
I’ve updated this at least five times tonight. Let’s hope this is the last one.
- Steve Pearce: Pearce sat out Thursday’s Triple-A Indianapolis game and was out of the starting lineup again on Friday because of left knee soreness. Pearce will remain on rehab assignment for the time being (though his ankle is fine), and the Pirates will make an announcement on what’s next after more is known about his status. An update from the Pirates said that Pearce may need to have an MRI on that knee.
- Chris Jakubauskas: While making his first Minor League rehab appearance with Triple-A Indianapolis, Jakubauskas left Thursday’s game with a strain of his right hip flexor. He had increased tightness and soreness today, so the Pirates have ended his rehab assignment. He will is expected to miss at least a week with this injury. You’ll remember that Jakubauskas was working his way back from a concussion he sustained in late April when he was struck in the head by a line drive. The good news is he has had no concussion signs.
- Starling Marte: Marte, who had surgery in mid-May after fracturing his left hamate bone, will begin his Minor League rehab assignment with the Gulf Coast League Pirates on Saturday. The Pirates plan to have him play for about a week before determining the next step for the outfielder. At the time of the surgery, Marte was expected to miss 8-10 weeks.
- Zach Duke: Duke threw 46 pitches in Friday’s side session, which was his first session throwing off the mound since being shut down with a left elbow flexor pronator strain. He said he felt no discomfort in his elbow during the session. Duke is scheduled to throw a pair of Minor League rehab starts in Altoona, with the first being this Monday (July 5). If all goes well in those two outings, Duke would then be ready to rejoin the club after the All-Star break.
- Neil Walker: The second baseman was out early practicing double play turns this afternoon, and the team is still optimistic that he’ll be cleared to play on Saturday. Walker will go through a full workout today — including BP — and then he’ll be reevaluated on Saturday to make sure he’s not feeling any effects of it.
- Eric Fryer: Fryer became the latest Bradenton Marauder hit in the face by a pitch. Fryer was struck in the face on Thursday and sustained some orbital fractures. He is scheduled to see a specialist next Tuesday, after which doctors will determine the next course of action. Fryer was hitting .274 with 13 doubles, four triples, seven homers and 34 RBIs in 57 games before the injury.
- Jose Tabata: The left fielder said he felt some sorness in his left hand when taking some swings in the indoor batting cage this afternoon. He was spiked by Jimmy Rollins in the left hand on Thursday night and sustained cuts on his ring finger, pinky and top of his left hand. The two fingers were wrapped tightly in tape today. Tabata will test his hand again in BP shortly and will make a determination afterward if his hand feels good enough to play. Right now, he is in the starting lineup.
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