The Pirates have placed reliever Evan Meek on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder tendinitis, and have promoted reliever Tim Wood from Indianapolis. To make room for Wood on the 40-man roster, the Bucs moved catcher Chris Snyder to the 60-day DL.â†µ
This is the second time this year Meek has gone to the DL with shoulder issues. He last pitched June 7 against the Diamondbacks. Multiple instances of shoulder issues in the same season can be major concerns.
Wood, 28, had pitched very well for Indianapolis, striking out 24 batters while walking four in 24.1 innings, all while racking up ground balls. His stuff has also been excellent. He didn't have much success last year in the majors, but that could change this year. It's unfortunate that Meek is out for the time being, but if the Pirates are very lucky, they might just get a decent reliever out of this. Let's hope that Meek recovers quickly, however.â†µ
UPDATE 5:38 PM: On Monday, Meek will visit Dr. James Andrews, which is always a terrible sign. Andrews famously deals with pitcher arm injuries, and a visit often precedes news that a pitcher needs surgery.