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Pirates’ Brault Shut Down, Cederlind has Tommy John

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates are shutting down left-handed starter Steven Brault for at least a month to address discomfort in his throwing shoulder.

Pirates director of sports medicine Todd Tomczyk said it’s likely Brault will be out for a minimum of 10 weeks. The team had expected Brault to be a part of a totally revamped starting rotation in 2021.

Brault complained of tightness in his left arm after two innings of work last Friday in an exhibition game against Baltimore. Tomczyk says at the moment the team does not believe the 28-year-old Brault requires surgery, just rest. Brault went 1-1 with a 5.43 ERA in eight innings of work this spring.

Brault won the Steve Blass Award given annually to the team’s best pitcher last fall after going 1-3 with a 3.38 ERA in 11 appearances (10 starts).

Who replaces Brault is unclear, though J.T. Brubaker is scheduled to start in Brault’s spot this week.

The Pirates also announced that hard-throwing right-handed reliever Blake Cederlind is out 14-16 months after undergoing Tommy John surgery on his right elbow.

Pittsburgh also made a series of roster moves on Wednesday with opening day approaching.

Shortstop Cole Tucker and pitchers Sean Poppen and Miguel Yajure were optioned while infielder Will Craig, catchers Joe Hudson and Andrew Susac and outfielder Troy Stokes Jr. were reassigned.

PIRATES 6, BRAVES 3

JT Brubaker made his fourth start for Pittsburgh, allowing three runs on three hits and a walk, striking out six in five innings as the Pirates downed the Braves 6-3 on Wednesday. Adam Frazier hit his second home run and is hitting .563 this spring. Kevin Newman had two hits and a sacrifice fly, raising his average to .727 (16-for-22).

The Pirates announced left-handed starter Steven Brault will be shut down for at least a month to address discomfort in his throwing shoulder. Pirates director of sports medicine Todd Tomczyk said it’s likely Brault will be out for a minimum of 10 weeks. The team had expected Brault to be a part of a totally revamped starting rotation in 2021.

Austin Riley hit his first two home runs for Atlanta, both off JT Brubaker. Ian Anderson went six innings in his fourth start, allowing four runs on eight hits and a walk.

BLUE JAYS 5, YANKEES 0

Bo Bichette hit his first two home runs for Toronto. He also singled and scored on a homer by Teoscar Hernandez. Marcus Semien added an RBI.

RAYS 7, TWINS 6

Chris Archer made his second start in his third appearance for Tampa Bay, allowing one run on one hit and a walk in 3 1/3 innings.

CARDINALS 3, METS 0

Carlos Martinez had his best outing in his fifth start for St. Louis, throwing six innings and yielding four hits and two walks, striking out five. John Nogowski hit his second home run.

ATHLETICS 14, WHITE SOX 4

Sean Manaea worked into the fifth inning in the start for Oakland, leaving with one out after scattering two runs on five hits, walking two and striking out three.

ANGELS 4, ROYALS 2

Los Angeles starter Jose Quintana worked 4 1/3 innings and gave up an earned run on four hits, walked two and struck out four.

ROCKIES 9, BREWERS 8

Jon Gray gave up three home runs over 2 1/3 innings in his start for Colorado, allowing seven runs on seven hits. Josh Fuentes singled, doubled and had four RBI. Raimel Tapia drove in two runs with a pair of hits.

TIGERS 4, PHILLIES 1

Jose Urena made his second start in his third appearance for Detroit, pitching 4 2/3 innings and allowing one run on five hits and a walk. Robbie Grossman homered, Miguel Cabrera had two hits and Wilson Ramos had an RBI double.

Ivan Nova made his third start in his fifth appearance for Philadelphia, giving up four runs on 10 hits in five innings.

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