Veal to visit Dr. Andrews
Extent of soreness in pitching elbow to be determined
PITTSBURGH -- Triple-A left-hander Donnie Veal is scheduled to see Dr. James Andrews later this week for a second opinion on an elbow injury that has landed Veal on the disabled list.
Veal was placed on the DL a week ago due to soreness in the ulnar collateral ligament in his throwing elbow. The diagnosis came after Veal tossed five innings and allowed three runs in Indianapolis' loss to Gwinnett (Ga.) on May 23.
The Pirates will have a better idea of what sort of recovery process Veal will need and whether surgery will be necessary following the evaluation.
Though Veal was not likely to pitch in the Pirates' rotation this season, he was one of the more intriguing arms in the upper levels of the organization's Minor League system. After pitching sporadically out of Pittsburgh's bullpen in 2009, Veal was being groomed back into a starting role this season.
In nine starts for Indianapolis, Veal went 3-2 with a 4.35 ERA. He had issued 23 walks and struck out 41 in 49 2/3 Triple-A innings.
Veal isn't Indianapolis' first starter to be sent to Andrews this season. Right-hander Kevin Hart met with the noted orthopedist at the beginning of May, after which it was determined that he needed season-ending surgery to repair a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder.
Cedeno looks to build off hot road trip
PITTSBURGH -- The Pirates returned home for Memorial Day following a 1-6 road trip that saw them struggle at the plate, scoring just 17 runs while batting .241.
But they did receive a lone bright spot -- albeit a big one -- in the form of shortstop Ronny Cedeno.
Batting in three different spots in the six games he started, Cedeno hit .450 (9-for-20) with three RBIs and three runs scored. The 27-year-old raised his batting average from .234 to .261.
Cedeno batted eighth, leadoff and sixth during the trip, sitting out Friday's game in Atlanta with lower back tightness. He had an on-base percentage of .522 on the road trip, lifting that number from .273 to .306 for the season. The Pirates as a team had an on-base percentage of just .291 for the seven-game trip.
Though his streak of 19 consecutive games reaching base ended with an 0-for-3 performance Sunday, Cedeno said he has simplified his approach at the plate and gotten a better feel for his strike zone after some work with hitting coach Don Long.
"You don't have to think too much, just go," Cedeno said. "Go there, go to home plate, get some good ABs and see a ball and hit it, because [if] you're going to think too much, you're not going to do anything."
Injured Bucs making progress
PITTSBURGH -- First baseman Steve Pearce was walking around on Monday without the support of a protective boot, which he had been wearing since spraining his right ankle a week ago.
Pearce described his ankle as still being sensitive in certain spots, but not nearly as sore as it was last week. There is still no set date as to when Pearce will resume baseball activities. That timetable will depend entirely on how Pearce's ankle continues to progress.
Other notable injury updates:
Right-hander Chris Jakubauskas will have his second bullpen session on Tuesday, upping his pitch count from 30 to 40-45. Jakubauskas, who threw only fastballs in his session on Saturday, expects to mix in a few sliders and changeups this time, as well. Jakubauskas is now five weeks removed from being hit in the head by a line drive in Houston.
Left-hander Jack Taschner is scheduled to make his second Minor League rehab appearance with Double-A Altoona on Monday night. Taschner allowed one run in one inning of work with the Curve on Saturday. If all goes well, Taschner could be ready to come off the DL when he's eligible later this week.
Lastings Milledge will host the "Bats Against Breast Cancer" Women's Baseball Clinic beginning at 7:45 a.m. ET on Sunday before the Pirates host the Giants at 1:35 p.m. The event, which costs $99 per person, will take place on the field, in the press conference room and in the Pirates World Series Suites, with a portion of all proceeds being donated to the Allegheny General Hospital Breast Care Center for cancer research. ... Paul and Jessica Maholm and the Gilda's Club of Western Pennsylvania will collaborate for their Fourth Anniversary Party with a 'Strike Out Cancer' event at the Gilda's Club from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday. ... The Pirates' .392 winning percentage entering Memorial Day is their lowest since 2006 (.320), though the 51 games they have played before the holiday this season are their most in the last five years. Monday also marked the Pirates' first home Memorial Day game since 2006.
Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. Matt Fortuna is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.