Pirates Place Mitch Keller, Michael Feliz On 10-Day Injured List
The Pirates placed right-handers Mitch Keller and Michael Feliz on the 10-day injured list, the club announced. Keller is dealing with left side discomfort while Feliz is suffering from right forearm discomfort. Right-hander Cody Ponce and southpaw Sam Howard were called up to fill the two spots on the 30-man active roster.
Keller and Feliz both left the Pirates’ 4-3 loss to the Cubs on Saturday. Keller tossed 2 2/3 innings before bouncing a pitch to Willson Contreras and promptly asked for a trainer visit to the mound before leaving the game. Feliz also made an immediate departure in the eighth inning, following a pitch to Jason Heyward.
Keller’s injury hints at a possible oblique strain, and even minor oblique problems have been known to sideline players for at least a couple of weeks. If the strain ends up being more severe, Keller’s entire season could possibly be in jeopardy. Feliz’s issue is perhaps even more ominous considering how forearm injuries can sometimes lead to Tommy John surgery, though he doesn’t have a past history of forearm or elbow issues.
More analysis to come…