08/16/10 7:25 PM ET
Injury ends Ascanio's rehab stint
By Jenifer Langosch / MLB.com
Ascanio will travel to Pittsburgh this week to be examined by hand specialist Dr. Mark Baratz. According to general manager Neal Huntington, the Pirates do not believe that the injury will cost Ascanio the rest of the season.
Having fully recovered from right shoulder surgery, Ascanio had made two Minor League rehab appearances before being sidelined with this latest injury. The good news is that Ascanio has had no issues with his surgically-repaired shoulder since returning to the mound. He pitched one inning in a Gulf Coast League game before making a two-inning appearance for High-A Bradenton (Fla.).
Back in Spring Training, Huntington estimated that Ascanio could be ready to return as early as the midway point of the season. The recovery period, however, took a bit longer than expected. This hand injury likely strikes any possibility that Ascanio could join the Pirates before the end of the year.
Cedeno gets cortisone shot in left arm
PITTSBURGH -- Shortstop Ronny Cedeno received a cortisone shot in his left arm on Monday. He's hopeful that he'll be able to start swinging again on Tuesday.
Cedeno (left shoulder impingement) has now been out of the lineup for five straight days, though the Pirates are eyeing a mid-week return as long as he continues to improve. He was able to field ground balls during the team's batting practice prior to Monday's series opener against Florida.
"We'll see how he does the next day or two," manager John Russell said. "Hopefully we get him back in the next day or [so]. The shoulder is healing better."
A stint on the disabled list still appears unlikely for Cedeno. In Cedeno's absence, Argenis Diaz made his fifth consecutive start at short on Monday. Diaz has hit safely in three of his first four starts.
Right-hander Chris Jakubauskas (right groin strain) began his rehab assignment with a one-inning appearance for Triple-A Indianapolis on Sunday. Jakubauskas allowed two runs on two hits and two walks. He also struck out two. ... Left-hander Justin Wilson has been named the Eastern League Pitcher of the Week for his starting performance on Saturday. Wilson struck out 11 in eight scoreless innings. He didn't walk a batter and allowed only two hits. Wilson, the Pirates' fifth-round selection in the 2008 Draft, is 10-3 with a 3.13 ERA in 23 games (22 starts) for Double-A Altoona this season. ... Since being dealt from San Francisco to Pittsburgh, left-handed-hitting outfielder John Bowker has hit .419 for Indianapolis. He has hit safely in 10 of his first 12 games there and has six multi-hit contests.
Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.