Musgrove to Disabled List, Mercer Hurt as Well

New Pirate won’t make first start on Thursday

Jeff Hathhorn
April 02, 2018 - 6:38 pm
Joe Musgrove close up

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Already behind with right shoulder discomfort early in camp, Pirates right-handed starter Joe Musgrove went on the 10-day disabled list retroactive to March 30th. 

Pirates Director of Sports Medicine Todd Tomczyk said he was diagnosed as a muscle strain by team doctor Patrick DeMeo after feeling he didn’t recover right after throwing on Saturday.  Musgrove won’t pitch for the next five to seven days as Tomczyk said they are being cautionary.

“When you talk to Joe, Joe is going to say ‘yeah, I want to pitch’,” Tomczyk said.  “As we met as a group with Neal (Huntington), Clint (Hurdle) and Joe, it wasn’t in his best interest to grind through this, this early in the season.  I think what is most important is that this was identified early.  This will give us and him the best opportunity to have a successful 2018 season.”

The 25-year-old Musgrove was in Detroit as he wanted to be with the team on Opening Day, then went back to Florida to throw.  Musgrove will be replaced by Steven Brault Thursday against the Reds.

“To ask a professional pitcher to go through any lineup one through nine in the major leagues is tough when you are healthy,” Tomczyk said.  “Let alone feeling not the way you want to.  Yeah, could he go out and pitch, sure.  But as the innings went on and the volume builds up, he probably wouldn’t be as efficient and it could potentially lead to further injury.

Mercer Day-to-Day

Shortstop Jordy Mercer jammed his pinky diving back to first base and is day-to-day.  Mercer and Tomczyk said the MRI was negative.

“Jammed it really bad,” Mercer said.  “I’ve probably done that a thousand times, diving back to first, but I’ve never done that.  It got me pretty good.  That’s all I wanted to hear was that x-rays were negative.  It’s all about getting the swelling down and we will go from there.”