Pirates notebook: Vogelsong pitches 7 innings in rehab start
Right-hander Ryan Vogelsong continued a comeback Wednesday that head trainer Todd Tomczyk continues to marvel over.
“He's an unbelievable man of character,” Tomczyk said.
Vogelsong, who turned 39 last week, pitched for Triple-A Indianapolis against Gwinnett, his fourth rehab start since undergoing surgery after suffering three facial fractures when he was hit by a 92 mph fastball May 23.
In seven innings against Gwinnett, Vogelsong allowed two runs — two solo homers — and five hits while throwing 83 pitches. He struck out two and walked one. He also showed no fear at the plate, going 1 for 2.
Vogelsong had been assigned a limit of seven innings or 90-95 pitches.
The Pirates might be considering adding Vogelsong, a relief pitcher coming out of spring training, to their depleted rotation.
“It's a remarkable recovery, it truly is,” Tomczyk said. “And then you factor in where he best fits in for the team, and that's been an ongoing discussion with Ryan, the front office and (manager Clint Hurdle) and myself.
“At this point, we all felt it was best for Ryan to get stretched out with length tonight, and then we're gonna see how the results of that outcome go. Not so much the baseball results, but how his body (responds).”
Asked if any inference can be drawn from the extended limit, Tomczak replied, “As I think we all can attest, there's no such thing as enough starting pitchers. So to have a guy that can start and can give you length, that's always a good thing for a manager and a team to have.”
• Rookie right-hander Tyler Glasnow, on the 15-day disabled list with what Tomczyk called right shoulder discomfort inflammation, “continues to make strides,” he said. “We envision him picking up a baseball again in the coming days.” Tomczyk gave no timetable for Glasnow's return.
• Backup catcher Chris Stewart, also on the 15-day DL (knee), ran the bases. “He continued to ramp up the baseball activity,” Tomczyk said. “Early indications are that he had a good response. We're gonna ramp up baseball activities over the weekend and see where that takes us.”
• Right-hander Chad Kuhl, who experienced “triceps discomfort” while pitching for Indianapolis, will resume playing catch on flat ground, Tomczak said.
• Rookie left-handed pitcher Steven Brault will start for the Pirates on Friday in Milwaukee.