The 2023 season hasn’t even started yet but the Pittsburgh Pirates will be without one of their primary starters for a lengthy period of time.
Manager Derek Shelton told reporters Monday morning that starting pitcher JT Brubaker will “more than likely” start the year on the injured list, as he deals with right elbow/forearm discomfort.
JT Brubaker dealing with right elbow/forearm discomfort. Derek Shelton said he’ll more than likely start the year on the IL.— Jason Mackey (@JMackeyPG) March 27, 2023
Brubaker has a 0-2 record and 5.19 ERA over 17 innings pitched this spring. He was scheduled to make his final start of the spring Monday afternoon against the Minnesota Twins but was scratched hours before for veteran Rich Hill.
Last season, Brubaker went 3-12 with a 4.69 ERA in 28 games.
While it’s unclear how long Brubaker will be out, Rotowire estimates his return date will be April 11 as elbow issues are often a precursor to a 15-day stint.
With Brubaker out, this leaves a spot for prospects Johan Oviedo and Luis Ortiz. The latter of whom was optioned to Triple-A a few days ago, leaving Oviedo as the obvious front-runner.