Some not so good injury news for the Pirates today…
Lefty Zach Duke will be placed on the disabled list retroactive to June 17. The Pirates expect him to miss two more starts, but are hopeful that will be enough. Duke did not throw his scheduled side session on Wednesday. He did say, though, that he has felt improvement in the elbow over the last week.
The official diagnosis is a left elbow flexor pronator strain.
The Pirates have not announced who will take Duke’s place on the 25-man roster and aren’t expected to do so today. They have also not named a starter for Saturday’s game in Oakland. The candidates are Dana Eveland, Brian Burres, Daniel McCutchen and Charlie Morton.
As for Tony Sanchez — the Pirates’ first-round pick last year — a specialist found multiple fracures in his jaw. Sanchez, who was hit in the face by a pitch on Tuesay, is scheduled to have surgery in Tampa on Thursday.
The Pirates do not have a timetable for his return, but he will be out for a while. There is a chance Sanchez might not return this year. A stint in Double-A before next season now seems extremely unlikely.
What this will also do is knock Sanchez out of the MLB Futures Game in a few weeks. MLB will replace him with another catcher for the U.S. squad.
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