MLB Rumors: Pittsburgh Pirates Starter May Be Done For Season After Injury

Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher JT Brubaker's 2023 season is in doubt due to a severe elbow and forearm injury.

According to reports by Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the injury is worse than initially thought, and Brubaker may require surgery that could rule him out for the entire season.

Despite hopes that the injury could be treated with alternative methods, there is still a considerable recovery period involved, and the Pirates are not optimistic about Brubaker's return this season.

The team is looking to other options, with Johan Oviedo stepping in to replace Brubaker in the rotation.

It's really tough news for Brubaker, as he enjoyed a fantastic spring, striking out 26 over 17.1 innings with just three walks and a 1.10 WHIP.

Brubaker was projected to be a key member of a poor Pirates' rotation in 2023, despite posting a 4.69 ERA in 2022. His metrics indicated better performance, thanks in part to a 1.06 HR/9. However, Brubaker's strikeout rate was only 22.8%, and he struggled with control, walking 8.4% of batters faced.

Over his three-year career, the 29-year-old has compiled a 4.99 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, with 324 strikeouts across 315.2 innings and 63 appearances (61 starts). Photo Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports