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Pirates outfielder Daniel Nava out 10-12 weeks after back surgery

Kevin Gorman
| Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, 9:21 a.m.
Pirates center fielder Starling Marte meets outfielder Daniel Nava during a workout Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, at Pirate City in Bradenton, Fla.
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Pirates center fielder Starling Marte meets outfielder Daniel Nava during a workout Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, at Pirate City in Bradenton, Fla.
Pirates manager Clint Hurdle checks on pitcher A.J. Schugel after he was injured during a game against the Tigers Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018, at Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Fla.
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Pirates manager Clint Hurdle checks on pitcher A.J. Schugel after he was injured during a game against the Tigers Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018, at Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Fla.
Pirates catcher Jacob Stallings motions to the dugout after pitcher A.J. Schugel was injured during a game against the Tigers Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018, at Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Fla.
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Pirates catcher Jacob Stallings motions to the dugout after pitcher A.J. Schugel was injured during a game against the Tigers Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018, at Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Fla.
Pirates pitcher Joe Musgrove throws during a workout Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, at Pirate City in Bradenton, Fla.
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Pirates pitcher Joe Musgrove throws during a workout Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, at Pirate City in Bradenton, Fla.

BRADENTON, Fla. — Pirates outfielder Daniel Nava underwent back surgery and is expected to be out for 10-12 weeks, Pirates director of sports medicine Todd Tomczyk said on Wednesday.

Nava signed a minor-league contract with the Pirates a week before the start of spring training, but participated only in the first day of full-squad workouts. Nava consulted with the Pirates' medical staff but sought out a second opinion from orthopedic surgeon Dr. Chris Yeung in Phoenix.

Yeung performed a microdiscectomy, a spinal surgery to repair a herniated disc, on Nava on Tuesday.

In other Pirates' injury-related news, Tomczyk said that starting pitcher Joe Musgrove (shoulder discomfort) is “trending upward” and expected to throw batting practice in the coming days, and reliever A.J. Schugel (shoulder discomfort) will take a “brief period of not throwing” while he works to strengthen and rehabilitate his shoulder.

Tomczyk said two Pirates pitchers coming off Tommy John surgery, Bo Schultz and Nick Burdi have experienced “no hiccups.” Schultz will throw live batting practice, while Burdi is still pitching on flat ground.

Kevin Gorman is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at kgorman@tribweb.com or via Twitter @KGorman_Trib.

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