Hanrahan out with elbow injury; Vazquez undergoes knee surgery

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

General manager Neal Huntington went through a list of injured Pirates this morning and among them are RHP Joel Hanrahan and INF Ramon Vazquez. More details and reax coming later, but here are your nuts and bolts:

  • Hanrahan has a flexor-pronator strain in his right elbow that will cause him to miss the opening part of the season. How long Hanrahan will be out is not yet known. He is scheduled to see Dr. Patrick DeMeo today in Bradenton and is scheduled to be examined by Dr. James Andrews next week. Hanrahan said he felt some discomfort at the end of the last season and that it flared up again in mini-camp and hasn’t gotten better. Hanrahan said that early reports have not detected any sort of structural damage.
  • Vazquez had a knee scope around Thanksgiving  to repair some cartilage. Everything is progressing with his rehab and he is expected to be ready on Opening Day. He will be monitored this spring and is limited with the fielding and running he can do right now. Vazquez, who has never had issues with his knee before, said he started feeling discomfort after doubling off Cardinals pitcher Joel Pineiro in early August.
  • RHP Jose Ascanio (right shoulder surgery) is progressing well and is targeting an early June return. He is scheduled to have a check-up with Dr. Andrews next week.
  • LHP Neal Cotts (left elbow surgery) is eyeing a return in mid-June to early-July. His rehab work is going very well.
  • RHP Craig Hansen (upper, mid-back nerve damage) has begun throwing and is scheduled to have his first mound session on March 10. His strength is coming back, though he still has a long way to go before being close to returning. The Pirates have not yet set a target date for that return.
  • RHP Tyler Yates (right elbow surgery) is on track to return in July. He is progressing as expected.
  • RHP Jimmy Barthmaier (right elbow surgery) is progressing fine and is looking to return sometime in mid-May.

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