On Tuesday, the Pirates announced that lefty Sam Howard is set to start his rehab assignment for triple-A squad Indianapolis on Tuesday night. Howard has been on the 10-day IL since July 13th retro to July 10th with a right oblique strain. Max assignment time for Howard can be up to 30 days.
Howard for the Pirates this season started out well before the trade deadline and then saw his ERA bump up to a 5.76 with a slightly lower xFIP of 4.33. Howard’s most used pitch is his slider, with a usage of 62.5%. Howard’s WHIFF% for his slider is at 44.9, with a spin rate of 2347.