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McKenry Fears Williams Suffered An Oblique Injury

May 17, 2019 - 1:08 pm

PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - The Pirates pitching staff was dealt another blow last night when Trevor Williams left the game in the bottom of the 4th with discomfort on his right side.

AT&T Sportsnet Pirates analyst and former catcher Michael McKenry tells The Fan Morning Show, while he hopes it isn’t, he fears it may be an oblique injury.

“The easiest thing to see with your naked eye is he’s been throwing 94 to 96 (mph) pretty consistently and a lot of time whether it’s a UCL or a tendon or a muscle, guys will do something a little bit out of the ordinary and him throwing that hard has been out of the ordinary so maybe he’s been stretching that oblique muscle or abdomen you know that’s what he grabbed ahold of on that first pitch and then that second pitch that’s when he winced,” said McKenry.

McKenry hopes it’s just a cramp or stiffness on the right said because, “The Bucs just can’t take an injury to Williams right now.”

If Williams is out for a longer term, McKenry says the Pirates’ options are looking for something on the market or bringing up someone from the minors are either Rookie Davis or Mitch Keller, but with Keller working on a new pitch the organization has been hesitant to bring him up.

"The biggest concern is when you see a bunch of these injuries is you're starting to extend guys," said McKenry. "That's when you start worrying because the guys are going way outside their means to try to make up for the guys that are hurt."

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