Pirates Place Star Player On Disabled List

After a slow start to the season, the Pittsburgh Pirates' 2021 All-Star outfielder Bryan Reynolds has been on fire over the past few weeks, so this timing couldn't be worse. 

He's been diagnosed with a strained right oblique and placed on the 10-day IL. Though we know that oblique injuries rarely clear up in less than 10 days. 

The 27-year-old started the season batting just .194 through April, and .212 through May. But when the calendar turned to June, that's when Reynolds started to play like an All-Star again. Over his past 38 games, he's hit .323 with a .959 OPS, along with eight homers. On the season, he's up to 15 HR, 32 RBIs and a team-leading .343 on-base percentage.

Adding some extra intrigue to the timing of the injury is the fact that Reynolds is the most sought-after Pirate in trade talks. We've already reported that the team has turned down all offers so far, and with three years of control left, it's easy to see why. 

But any 'bully offers' they may have gotten might go by the wayside now, with the oblique injury clouding his status for the time being. 

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