Pirates notebook: Taillon, Stewart put on 15-day disabled list
ST. LOUIS — After making just five starts in the big leagues, Jameson Taillon is headed to the disabled list.
On Monday, the Pirates put Taillon on the 15-day DL due to right shoulder fatigue. The rookie right-hander is 2-1 with a 3.86 ERA.
Manager Clint Hurdle did not reveal the reason for Taillon’s shoulder problem or when it first became an issue. This is Taillon’s first season back on the mound after having Tommy John and hernia surgeries over the past two years.
In his last outing on Wednesday, Taillon went six innings and got the win against the Seattle Mariners. He gave up one run on six hits and struck out six.
Lefty Steven Brault will be called up from Triple-A Indianapolis and make his major league debut on Tuesday against the St. Louis Cardinals.
The Pirates will have to make a corresponding move to put Brault on the 40-man roster.
Brault, 24, went 2-3 with a 2.57 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP in eight starts at Indy. He missed some time earlier this season with a sore hamstring and has not thrown more than 77 pitches in a game since early May.
Top prospect Tyler Glasnow was not an option to replace Taillon. Glasnow pitched on Saturday and needs more down time before his next start.
Cole, Vogelsong to pitch
Righty Gerrit Cole will begin a rehab assignment on Tuesday with Indianapolis. He is slated to work three innings/50 pitches.
Cole has been on the DL since June 11 with a strained right triceps.
Assuming Cole makes two starts with Indy and all goes well, he could be in line to pitch the first game after the All-Star break on July 15 when the Pirates open a road series against the Washington Nationals.
Ryan Vogelsong (facial fractures) will throw a simulated game (four innings/60 pitches) on Tuesday at Busch Stadium. Francisco Cervelli (broken hand) will catch.
Stewart to DL
Until Friday, catcher Chris Stewart thought his grumpy left knee finally had settled down.
“I was feeling good,” Stewart said. “I was going to try to convince them to play me in back-to-back games.”
Then Stewart re-injured the knee while warming up Friday.
“Something happened,” Stewart said. “I don’t know what it was exactly.”
Although Stewart was hurting, he gutted it out and caught all nine innings against the Oakland A’s. The next morning, the joint was more stiff than it had been before.
On Monday, the Pirates put Stewart on the 15-day disabled list.
“I’m at a point now to where I’m not useful in a game,” Stewart said. “It’s not fair to the team to have a gimp sitting on the bench.”
The Pirates already are without starting catcher Francisco Cervelli, who’s on the mend after having surgery to repair a broken hand.
Elias Diaz (right elbow), the club’s top catcher prospect, began a rehab assignment on Monday with High-A Bradenton. He played five innings and went 0 for 2. Charlotte went 3 for 3 on steal attempts while he was in the game.
To fill Stewart’s spot on the active roster, Eric Fryer was claimed off waivers from the St. Louis Cardinals and joined the team on Monday.
Stewart returned to Pittsburgh on Monday night and is scheduled to have tests on his knee Tuesday morning.
“We’ll make a decision from there,” Stewart said. “One way or the other, it will be good to find out so we can progress with the next step.”
Welcome back, Fryer
Fryer made his big league debut with the Pirates in 2011, then left as a free agent after the 2012 season. This year, he became the first Cardinals player to begin a season with six consecutive hits.
“Things started out really well,” Fryer said. “Sometimes, just having some confidence goes a long way. I was getting some opportunities and made the most of them.”
The Cardinals tried to sneak Fryer through waivers when Brayan Pena came off the DL. Fryer knew he’d been claimed by the Pirates when his cell phone began buzzing with calls from the 412 area code.
“It seemed like it was four years ago with a bunch of different numbers I’d saved and didn’t know if I’d use them again,” Fryer said. “(Pirates general manager) Neal Huntington and (traveling secretary) Greg Johnson and (assistant GM) Kyle Stark were calling me up. It was pretty nice.”
In 2011, Fryer was among eight catchers the Pirates used to deal with a rash on injuries. Hurdle laughed when asked if he was getting the gang back together half a decade later.
“It’s not easy,” Hurdle said. “(Wyatt) Toregas is managing (in the minors) right now, so I don’t know how we’re going to work that one out. We’ve got him on speed-dial. I don’t know where old Dusty ‘Doo-doo’ Brown is, but we can do some digging.”
Rosters for the All-Star Game will be revealed at 7 p.m. Tuesday on ESPN.
Fan voting to fill the eight starting positions closed last Thursday. National League pitchers and reserves will be determined via a combination of online voting and selections by manager Terry Collins of the New York Mets.
It’s not uncommon for manager to call the All-Star manager to lobby for their players to be selected. Hurdle talked to Collins when the teams met in mid-June, but has not called him since.
“It’s really nobody’s business but Terry’s and mine what I said,” Hurdle said. “I respect (Collins’) position because I’ve been in it. It’s challenging because you usually leave a (good) team off the field that doesn’t make it. You do the best you can.”
Reliever Curtis Patch, who was designated for assignment last week, cleared waivers and was sent to Indianapolis. … Catcher Jin-De Jhang was promoted to Indy, and Tomas Morales was sent down to Double-A Altoona.