Injured Pirates starter Trevor Williams moves closer to return to rotation |

Injured Pirates starter Trevor Williams moves closer to return to rotation

Jonathan Bombulie
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review
Pirates pitcher Trevor Williams throws during the second inning against the A’s Saturday, May 4, 2019, at PNC Park.

The beleaguered Pittsburgh Pirates starting rotation finally got some good news Wednesday.

Trevor Williams was scheduled to throw a bullpen session consisting of about two innings’ worth of pitches before the Pirates faced the Atlanta Braves. If all goes according to plan, he will pitch a simulated game this weekend in Milwaukee, Pirates director of sports medicine Todd Tomczyk said.

Williams could be in line for a rehab start June 13, manager Clint Hurdle said.

Williams has been out since May 16 with a right side strain. He’s one of the team’s most effective starters, going 2-1 with a 3.33 ERA in nine starts this season.

Here are the other injury updates Tomczyk provided Wednesday:

• Starter Jameson Taillon, who has been out since May 1 with an elbow injury, is four weeks into a proscribed rest period of four-to-six weeks. He’s working on his grip and strength and conditioning exercises but has not yet resumed throwing. He will move his rehab to Bradenton while the Pirates are on a 10-game road trip that starts Friday.

• Reliever Keona Kela, out since May 4 with shoulder problems, is also halfway through his proscribed rest period. He too is headed to Bradenton.

• Outfielder Corey Dickerson is eight games into a rehab assignment with Indianapolis and is experiencing no discomfort, tightness or pain in his shoulder. He’s 5 for 30 coming into Wednesday night’s game.

• Infielder Jung Ho Kang is six games into an Indianapolis rehab assignment for an injury to his side. He’s 10 for 21 with a home run and three doubles.

• Shortstop Erik Gonzalez, out since breaking his collarbone April 19, has been cleared to resume hitting. He’s two weeks or so away from a rehab assignment.

• Catcher Francisco Cervelli, out since May 25, is still experiencing concussion-related symptoms.

• Outfielder Lonnie Chisenhall remains sidelined by a calf injury. He’s recuperating at home.

• Triple-A starter J.T. Brubaker (arm) is throwing on flat ground. He will soon throw from the mound.

• Reliever Chris Stratton (arm) threw a side session Wednesday and is scheduled for a simulated game this weekend.

• Reliever Nick Burdi is five weeks into a rest period of a nerve problem in his elbow. Tomczyk reports he’s making slow and steady progress and while not symptom-free, has been cleared to resume throwing.

Jonathan Bombulie is a Tribune-Review assistant sports editor. You can contact Jonathan by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .

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