PITTSBURGH – Terry Francona has a line he uses over and over about the importance of pitching depth.
“Just when you think you have enough pitching, get more,” the Cleveland Guardians manager says.
That applies to the Pittsburgh Pirates after a couple of rough weeks on the injury front.
During the final days of spring training, the Pirates placed right-hander JT Brubaker on the injured list with elbow/forearm discomfort. That was an ominous sign and, sure enough, the 29-year-old underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery Wednesday.