Beimel shut down with arm soreness

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

For the second time this spring, lefty Joe Beimel was scratched from a scheduled spring appearance due to soreness in his left arm.

This time, the soreness is in Beimel’s elbow, and the timing of the setback might hinder Beimel’s ability to be ready to join the Pirates’ bullpen by Opening Day.

“It is definitely frustrating and I want to be out there pitching,” Beimel said, after having treatment on his arm. “But at the same time, if I’m pushing too hard to get ready for Opening Day and there is setback, then I’m gone for a lot longer. I think it’s better to take care of it now and then just go from there.”

Beimel, who missed time due to left forearm soreness earlier in March, said he felt his arm tighten up on Saturday. The soreness increased overnight, prompting Beimel to tell the Pirates he would be unable to throw against the Red Sox on Saturday.

The issue is believed to be elbow inflammation and not structurally related, Beimel said, B. At this time, Beimel does not have any additional tests scheduled.

“I just decided it would be better not to push it too hard and go out there today and try to throw through it,” said Beimel. “I definitely don’t want to take any steps back and have something serious happen to it. I’m just going to rest today and come in [on Sunday] and see how it feels.”

With less than two weeks remaining before Opening Day, Beimel cannot afford to be sidelined long. He has made only two appearances so far this spring after getting a late start due to the previous arm ailment. Beimel’s most recent outing came on Thursday, when he gave up three earned runs on three hits in an inning.

Beimel said he didn’t feel any hint of soreness in that outing.

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