PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Pirates right-handed pitcher Mitch Keller was removed from Tuesday night’s game against the Boston Red Sox after two innings with right shoulder fatigue.
Keller is being examined by the Pirates’ medical staff and is considered day-to-day.
An athletic trainer, accompanied by Pirates manager Derek Shelton, went out to check on Keller during the second inning, but he remained in the game and finished off the frame.
Chase De Jong came in to relieve Keller in the third inning.
It was a tough outing for Keller who gave up five runs (four earned) on five hits, three walks and one strikeout. He threw 46 pitches, 28 for strikes.
The injury situation is something to monitor as it appeared Keller, outside of his rough outing Tuesday night, was turning a corner.
Over his last 13 starts entering Tuesday, Keller posted a 3.30 ERA. A big reason for the new-found success of Keller is his adoption of a two-seam fastball.