Steven Brault suffered a shoulder strain earlier this month. Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Pirates have at least two and as many as three potential rotation pieces slowed by injuries at the moment, and director of sports medicine Todd Tomczyk provided updates on lefty Steven Brault and right-handers Clay Holmes and Jameson Taillon to reporters Wednesday, via Adam Berry of MLB.com. 

Brault, slowed by a shoulder strain, was shut down from throwing earlier this month. Although the initial prognosis suggested that he’d be reevaluated after two weeks, the 27-year-old has yet to start up a throwing program more than three weeks since that announcement. Holmes, diagnosed with a foot fracture earlier this month, has been throwing from one knee from a distance of 75 to 90 feet. 

Taillon, the club’s top pitching talent, is throwing from 120 feet in his rehab from Tommy John surgery. He’s still expected to miss the entire season given the timing of last August’s operation, but it’s still encouraging to hear that the righty is ramping up his throwing efforts without issue.

A couple more injury updates…

  • Rangers outfielder Willie Calhoun provided a positive update on his recovery from a jaw fracture, tweeting that he has been cleared for baseball activities and daily workouts.  After being struck in the face by a fastball during a Cactus League at-bat late in camp, Calhoun had been limited to lighter exercise like riding a stationary bike, as Texas manager Chris Woodward told MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan Wednesday. The club still expects him to be ready for the season opener — whenever it may be. Calhoun’s availability, or lack thereof, will probably have direct ramifications for prospect Nick Solak. A highly touted hitter without a clear opening on the diamond, Solak would’ve opened the season in left field had Calhoun been on the injured list. But with Calhoun projected to open in left field, Rougned Odor at second base, Todd Frazier at third base and Danny Santana in center field, there’s no clear spot for Solak to slot into the lineup. A rotation through several positions each week could get him regular at-bats, but the Rangers could also want him to receive everyday reps at one position in Triple-A. Then again, if the season opens with expanded rosters — as is reportedly under consideration — a player with Solak’s bat and versatility could prove a particularly valuable commodity to have on hand.
  • Joc Pederson and Dustin May were both limited during spring training, but Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman told reporters (including MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick) that the two players are “essentially recovered” and should be ready to fully participate whenever a second spring training camp opens. Pederson missed time with a hip injury, while May was bothered by a side problem and was largely limited to playing catch at the time of the league shutdown.

This article first appeared on MLB Trade Rumors and was syndicated with permission.


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Can you name the pitchers with the most Opening Day starts for every MLB team?

Answers only include starts for teams in their current iterations. Starts for franchises that relocated, such as the Montreal Expos or Brooklyn Dodgers, were not included in the list below. 

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ARZ / 6 / #51 / 2004
Randy Johnson
ATL / 8 / #35 / 1983
Phil Niekro
BAL / 6 / #22 / 1980
Jim Palmer
BAL / 6 / #35 / 2000
Mike Mussina
BOS / 8 / #21 / 1996
Roger Clemens
CHC / 7 / #31 / 1983
Ferguson Jenkins
CHW / 9 / #56 / 2011
Mark Buehrle
CIN / 6 / #36 / 1988
Mario Soto
CLE / 7 / #19 / 1949
Bob Feller
COL / 2 / #30 / 1997
Kevin Ritz
COL / 2 / #57 / 1999
Darryl Kile
COL / 2 / #10 / 2002
Mike Hampton
COL / 2 / #32 / 2006
Jason Jennings
COL / 2 / #28 / 2009
Aaron Cook
COL / 2 / #38 / 2011
Ubaldo Jimenez
COL / 2 / #29 / 2016
Jorge De La Rosa
COL / 2 / #55 / 2018
Jon Gray
DET / 11 / #47 / 1990
Jack Morris
HOU / 8 / #44 / 2010
Roy Oswalt
KC / 7 / #55, #17 / 1999
Kevin Appier
LAA / 7 / #36 / 2015
Jered Weaver
LAD / 8 / #22 / 2018
Clayton Kershaw
MIA / 3 / #21 / 2005
Josh Beckett
MIA / 3 / #55 / 2012
Josh Johnson
MIL / 6 / #15 / 2008
Ben Sheets
MIN / 9 / #22 / 2005
Brad Radke
NYM / 11 / #41 / 1983
Tom Seaver
NYY / 7 / #16 / 1966
Whitey Ford
NYY / 7 / #30 / 1974
Mel Stottlemyre
NYY / 7 / #49 / 1986
Ron Guidry
OAK / 6 / #34 / 1995
Dave Stewart
PHI / 14 / #32 / 1986
Steve Carlton
PIT / 7 / #19 / 1962
Bob Friend
SD / 4 / #35 / 1980
Randy Jones
SD / 4 / #30 / 1989
Eric Show
SD / 4 / #44 / 2009
Jake Peavy
SEA / 11 / #34 / 2018
Felix Hernandez
SF / 10 / #27 / 1973
Juan Marichal
STL / 10 / #45 / 1975
Bob Gibson
TB / 4 / #33 / 2012
James Shields
TB / 4 / #22 / 2018
Chris Archer
TEX / 6 / #49 / 1989
Charlie Hough
TOR / 7 / #32 / 2009
Roy Halladay
WAS / 4 / #37 / 2017
Stephen Strasburg
WAS / 4 / #31 / 2019
Max Scherzer

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